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PCs for the People 94 

MIDRANGE DESKTOP PCs by Bill O'Brien 

Buyers on a budget, rejoice! Serious computing power is 
within your reach. These five value-price systems blaze 
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nVidia's latest graphics chipset is a force to be reckoned with. 
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Quick Connections 176 

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Trends 167 

A middleware firm gives small businesses access to mobile apps. Plus, protect 
your employees from e-mail burnout. 

e-Services and Tools 171 

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Bill celebrates a bountiful birthday, Alice warns of the dangers of ASPs, and both 
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Alfred quiets a ticking PC, saves you time with browser shortcuts, and reveals an 
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Price Over Power: Not everyone needs a blazingly fast, feature-packed PC. On this 
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Product Index 203 



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Lexmark Z53 Color Jetprinter 66 

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Motorola V100 Personal Communicator 85 

SOFTWARE 

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WEB SERVICES 

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To say there's been some contro- 
versy surrounding the launch of 
Windows XP would be an under- 
statement. From privacy concerns over its 
product-activation technology to a dispute 
with PC makers over desktop icon place- 
ment — not to mention a 
well-publicized spat with 
Kodak over digital-imag- 
ing features — it seems 
practically every aspect of 
Microsoft's new operating 
system is capable of pro- 
voking debate. In fact, as we go to press, 
there's uncertainty about whether the 
release of the OS will be delayed by the 
ongoing antitrust suit or expedited by 
Microsoft in an attempt to 
beat the courts to the 
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With so much scuttle- 
butt flying, it's easy to for- 
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issues at hand: Is XP all 
that it's cracked up to be? 
And, more significantly, 
should you upgrade? Be 
sure you're armed with the 
facts to make an informed 
decision by reading our cover story, "Great 
XPectations," on p. 126. Our firsthand look 
at Redmond's most important upgrade 
since Windows 95 offers a preview of the 
new OS. We report on 
the most noteworthy 
features — from the 
spiffed-up user interface 
to the intelligent han- 
dling of multimedia 
tasks — as well as more 
troubling ones, like the 
controversial activation 
requirement. 

Ranking high among our favorite XP 
features is enhanced support for digital 
imaging, audio, and video. In addition to 
automatically recognizing and cataloging 
media files, XP offers intuitive wizards that 
help unlock your PC's creative potential. 
But you don't need a new OS to get artistic 
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software can turn your PC and peripherals 
into a veritable assembly line of creativity. 
If you own a scanner, inkjet printer, digital 
camera, or digital camcorder, don't miss 
"Creativity on the Cheap" on p. 134. We 
show you how to unleash your artistic tal- 
ents with today's advanced 
(yet inexpensive) peripherals. 

Once you've discovered 
how much more you can do 
with your PC, you may find 
yourself in the market for an 
upgraded model. But instead 
of spending heaps on a top-of-the-line 
supersystem, it makes sense to opt for a 
midrange desktop that delivers all the 
essentials and a bit more. This month 

we've rounded up five value- 
price PCs that blaze through 
everyday applications without 
skimping on perks like fast 
CD-RW drives, roomy hard 
drives, and speedy 3D graphics 
cards. Turn to "PCs for the 
People" on p. 94 to find a solid 
system at a price you'll be 
willing to pay. 

Though the five systems 
■ we tested allowed us to play 

3D games at an admirable clip, if your idea 
of creativity starts with a joystick in one 
hand and a gamepad in the other, you'll 
probably want more powerful 3D punch. 

Upgrading to a graphics 
card based on nVidia's 
blazing GeForce3 proces- 
sor will let you unleash the 
fastest 3D playing speeds 
from your PC. For our fea- 
ture story "The Power of 
3" (p. 104), we put five of 
the latest cards through 
our toughest 3D-testing scenarios. Though 
they're not cheap — prices range from $357 
to $405 — these high-octane graphics cards 
pack enough processing power to please 
even the most rabid gamers in the crowd. 





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w/Powered Subwoofer 
. Zoom 56K V.90 Data/Fax Modem 
. 1 .44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
. ABS™ Keyboard & ABS™ NetScroll Mouse 
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. Free Software: Corel Wordperfect Office 2002 CD 
./ Add Lexmork Z23 Color Printer @$69 
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. Kingston or Viking 128MB 800MHz RDRAM 

. 40GB Ultra ATA 1 00 Hard Drive 

. 1 6X DVD-ROM 

v Add 16X10X40 CD-RW Drive @$99 

. Nvidia GeForce 2 MX 64MB 4X AGP Card w/TV-Out 

. Hitachi CM6I5 17" .27mm DP 1280x1024 Color Monitor 

. Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value Sound Card 

. Altec Lansing ACS54 5-Piece Stereo Speaker System 

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. 1 .44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 
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. Hitachi CM6I5 17" .27mm DP 1280x1024 Color Monitor 
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. Zoom 56K V.90 Data/Fax Modem 

. 3Com 905 10/100 Ethernet Card 

■ 1 .44MB Floppy Drive & Microphone 

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opers and hackers are pushing 
the envelope of game systems, 
taking them beyond their tradi- 
tional role as games-only toys. 
How about running Linux 
on your console? A Czech com- 
pany, Blokman Trading 
(www.runix.ru), has ported 
Linux to the original Sony 
PlayStation, and Sony itself has 
ported a version of Linux to the 



Shocks for 
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So Mom thinks hacking up the 
undead with a broadsword is 
a little creepy? Wait 'til she finds 
out about the Bioforce. Developed 
by game controller and peripheral 
maker Mad Catz (www.madcatz. 
com), Bioforce promises to give 
console and PC gamers a truly 
jolting experience. 

Bioforce- 
enabled game- 
pads zap video 
gamers with 
an electrical 
shock (safely, 
of course) 
whenever 
their digital 
doppelganger 
is punched, 
rocketed, or 
otherwise gibbed into giblets by an 
opponent. Mad Catz president 
Darren Richardson says Bioforce 
employs technology called biostimu- 
lation, which is used by physiothera- 
pists for muscular rehabilitation. 
Pads attached to a player's arms 
deliver electrical impulses, and the 
amount of electrical feedback is 
adjustable, ranging from a mild buzz 
to a charge that can jolt the con- 




Mad Catz's shocking 
new controller 



PlayStation 2 that comes com- 
plete with a hard drive and an 
Ethernet card. So far, both are 




endeavors only a hacker could 
love, not truly useful tools. 

Runix, the upgrade for the 
first PlayStation, is a 26MB 



download that must be com- 
piled on a Linux PC, then 
burned to CD-ROM. Sony has 
built 2,000 Linux kits for 
the PS2 that work exclusive- 
ly with the Japanese version 
of the console. 

This trend is likely to 
take hold on this side of 
the Pacific, says Brian 
O'Rourke, senior analyst at 
Cahners In-Stat Group. 
Microsoft's upcoming 
Xbox is at the core essen- 
tially a PC (though an 
inexpensive one, at $299) with 
a 733MHz Intel processor. "If 
you can get through the secu- 
rity that Microsoft has in 



place, I don't see any reason 
you couldn't use it as a PC," 
O'Rourke says. "I assume 
there will be a lot of hackers 
taking a shot at it." 

Do-it-yourself tinkering 
aside, manufacturers want to 
stretch the ways their consoles 
are used. Today, you can play 
DVD videos on a PlayStation 2 
or browse the Web with a Sega 
Dreamcast. The Xbox is expect- 
ed to include an Ethernet port 
for high-speed communications. 

O'Rourke points out that 
product road maps from Sony 
and Microsoft project their 
game platforms will become 
the main home-entertainment 
devices in the living room — 
something they can't do with 
games alone. — Kevin Savetz 



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etworking PCs for high- 
speed Internet access and 
file sharing is an appealing idea, 
but tearing down walls to 
install Ethernet cables is not. 
And wireless networking, while 
fast and convenient, is an 
expensive solution. 

Although inexpensive tech- 
nology for networking your 
home through phone lines or 
electrical outlets has existed for 




troller right out of a gamer's hands 

Richardson claims Bioforce 
"takes gaming to a whole other 
level." But is the concept too far-out 
to succeed? If the buzz generated by 
Bioforce at the gaming industry's 
annual Electronic Entertainment 
Expo (www.e3expo.com) this past 
May is any indication, plenty of 1 8- 
to 24-year-old males will soon be 
gleefully inflicting the electronic 
equivalent of a wedgie on friends 
and foes alike. —Attlcus Fisher 



years, slow throughput has 
hampered acceptance. That 
may change, however, thanks 
to recent speed 
increases and tech- 
nology standards. 

Broadcom has 
developed a chip 
capable of support- 
ing 32mbps through 
put across phone 
lines. And Hewlett- 
Packard has made 
use of the new 
chip in its Digital 
Entertainment 
Center, a home-audio device 
capable of streaming, down- 
loading, and storing music files. 

On the power-line front, 
Phonex has developed an exter- 
nal hub, dubbed the NeverWire 
14, that's capable of network- 
ing devices at 14mbps. Several 




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to release power-line products 
over the next few months. 

Of the two technologies, 
there could be serious disad- 
vantages to phone-line net- 
working simply 
because the 
average home 
doesn't have a 
phone jack in 
every room, 
says Kurt 
Scherf, vice 
president of 
research at 
Parks 
Associates. 
Nevertheless, he 
estimates "no-new-wires" PC 
networks, including wireless 
solutions, will reach an in- 
stalled base of 7.5 million by 
2005, with phone-line and 
power-line solutions constitut- 
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about making a purchase if 
they were hit with a hefty 
extra charge when they 
reached the cash register. But 
online shoppers endure the 
addition of shipping fees to 
the tail end of an order almost 
every time they buy 

And that can be a deterrent, 
according to a report by Jupiter 
Media Metrix. The study, 
released in June, found that 63 
percent of online shoppers have 
changed their minds about a 
purchase because of shipping 
fees. The main reason, says 



Jupiter senior analyst 
Ken Cassar, is that 
consumers feel 
they're being hood- 
winked by companies' 
shipping policies. (See 
Jim O'Brien's column 
in this issue for his 
opinions on this 
study.) 

Jupiter's survey of 
online retailers found 
that 54 percent of e-tailers 
base their shipping fees on the 
size of an individual order, 
rather than on the weight of a 
product. Cassar says cost- 
conscious consumers who 




have used services like UPS 
and Federal Express already 
have an idea how much ship- 
ping should cost according to 
weight and are more comfort- 
able paying shipping charges 



based on a formula 
familiar to them. 
Online retailers using 
other methods to 
determine shipping 
charges, such as the 
size of the order, may 
be offending potential 
customers. 

But shipping costs 
are a double-edged 
sword for online 
retailers. The report 
notes that many 
retailers that were 
trying to attract cus- 
tomers with promises 
of free or low-cost 
shipping are finding they are 
losing money they can no 
longer afford to, especially 
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lack when venture capital- 
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throwing money at Internet 
startups, the business model 
behind online grocers such as 
Peapod (www.peapod.com) and 
Webvan seemed sound: Let 
consumers order their groceries 
online and have the items deliv- 
ered to their doorsteps. 

But the idea never took off, 
and company after company fal- 
tered. Peapod teetered on the 
edge of bankruptcy last year 
until Dutch grocery giant Royal 
Ahold (www.ahold.com) infused 
it with much-needed cash. In 
June, Webvan shareholders 



approved a reverse stock split in 
an effort to boost its market 
value. The company filed for 
bankruptcy in July. 

Although the sector's future 
looks grim, there is hope for 
companies venturing into the 
online grocery market, says Geri 
Spieler, an analyst with research- 
firm Gartner. But there's a hitch. 
"The future of groceries online 
is to have a brick-and-mortar 
presence," she says. 

Pure-play Internet grocers 
are unable to compete with 
real-world stores because they 
don't have the buying power or 
the customer volume, she says. 
Plus, traditional grocers already 
have a clientele to whom they 
can market their online delivery 
services. 

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advice. The company is using 
Peapod to complement its U.S. 
grocery chains, which include 



Managing Your 

Home, Online 

Forget the phone book. The 
latest way to find virtually 
any home-related service is to 
tap into one of the home- 
management portals popping 
up online. 

MyHomeKey.com (www. 
myhomekey.com), for example, 
delivers access to more than 
40,000 local home-repair 
providers, as well as shopping 
for major brand appliances. 
You can schedule everything 
online, from plumbing repairs 
to smoke-alarm installation to 
carpet cleaning. The site also 
features information on gener- 
al home-related issues and 
advice on do-it-yourself 
repairs. 

For the security-conscious, 
companies such as Xanboo 
(www.xanboo.com) and 
BeAtHome (www.beathome. 
com) offer Internet-based home 
automation. No more wonder- 
ing if you left the porch light 




on: BeAtHome lets you keep 
tabs on your domicile through a 
secure Web site, where you can 
turn on lights, adjust thermo- 
stats, and monitor moisture or 
carbon-monoxide levels. 

Consumers who need quick 
fixes for their budgets can log 
on to LowerMyBills.com 
(www.lowermyhills.com) to save 
money on long distance, utili- 
ties, insurance, and other house- 
hold expenses, or to get infor- 
mation on debt relief. 

These may be good ideas, 
but they won't be successful 
overnight, says Mike Wolf, a 
senior analyst with Cahners In- 
Stat Group. He believes it will 
be a year or two before home- 
management services catch on, 
and that affordability will be a 
major factor. 

'There needs to be a lot of 
consumer education about what 
the value is," he says. "And a 
down economy will be a bad 
thing for some of these compa- 
nies, which are targeting cus- 
tomers with second homes or 
vacation homes." 

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Giant and Stop 8C Shop. 

U.S. chain Safeway (www. 
safewaycom) is also attempting 
to leverage the Internet through 
its GroceryWorks division 



(www.groceryworks. com) , 

and recently announced 
a strategic agreement 
with U.K. food giant 
Tesco, in which Tesco 
would provide 
GroceryWorks with cash 
and expertise to attract a 
US. home-shopping 
market. 

Will such efforts 
work? Though the jury 
is still out, Spieler 
believes online grocers 
need to act fast to stay alive. 
"They must do something real- 
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months," she says. 

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HP's Planet Partners Program 
(www.hp.com/go/recycle) picks 
up old computer hardware (from 
any manufacturer) for recycling 
or reuse. The service is available 
to anyone, from a business with 
truckloads of unwanted comput- 
ers to an individual with a mono- 
chrome monitor in the attic. 

The company charges a per- 
item fee that depends on the size 
of the cast-off equipment, from 
$ 1 3 for a small printer to $34 for 
a 20-inch monitor. The cost 
includes shipping and pickup at 
your doorstep. HP evaluates the 
equipment; working hard 
ware is donated to 
charitable organ iza 
tions or otherwise 
reused (though 
you won't 
receive a tax 
credit), and non- 
functional equipment 
is recycled. 

HP receives more than 3 mil- 
lion pounds of broken and obso- 
lete equipment every month. 
"This is a service we've provided 
within HP for our own products 
as they come to the end of their 
life," says Chris Altobell, HP's 



business-development manager 
for product-recycling solutions. 
"We teamed up with Noranda 
to create a hardware-recycling 
process in which no electronics 
materials end up in a landfill." 
Many other organizations 
recycle computers. Some, such as 
Share the Technology (www. 
sharetechnology.org) and the 
Computer Recycling Project 
(www. wco.com/~dale/crp.html) , 
give older but functional comput- 
ers to nonprofit organizations and 
schools. Others break down PCs, 
recycling or disposing of the 
components. 







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orders can be placed on the Web, 
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Imagine cruising along with 
your entire music library at 
your fingertips, your choice of 
100 radio programs, and an 
episode of Sesame Street distract- 
ing the kids in the back. As with 
certain rear-view mirrors, the 
advent of several new products 
makes these scenarios closer 
than they may appear. 




MP3 technology is leading 
the charge. Major car-audio 
manufacturers such as Aiwa, 
Clarion, and JVC have already 
introduced in-dash CD players 
that also spin MP3 -packed 
discs — and a typical CD-R can 




PhatNoise Car Audio System 



hold more than 150 songs or 
about 10 hours of music. For 
those who'd rather not give up 
their existing stereo, PhatNoise 
(www.phatnoise. com) offers the 
$599 PhatNoise Car Audio 
System, a trunk-mounted, hard- 
drive-based unit that stores 
thousands of MP3 files and 
works with existing stereo 
head units. 

Such devices are the logical 
evolution in car audio, says 
PhatNoise chief executive Dan 
Lau. "[The Car Audio System] 
is to the MP3 player what the 
CD changer was to the CD 
player," he says. "People want 
to be able to take their entire 
music collection with them 
everywhere they go." 

On the radio front, XM 
Satellite Radio (www 
xmradio.com) recendy rolled 
out one of the first satellite- 
based car-audio systems. The 
product receives CD-quality digi- 
tal signals from satellites and 
offers 100 nationally available 
channels of programming that 
include music, news, talk, and 
comedy. Look for XM (or XM- 
ready) radios as factory-installed 
options in 2002 vehicles and at 
local car-audio dealers. 

Finally, Delphi Automotive 
Systems (www.delphiauto.com) 
has developed a mobile TV 
receiver that promises, accord- 
ing to the company, "dramati- 
cally improved reception." 
Translation: In addition to 
watching movies and playing 



video games, the kids will be 
able to see their favorite TV 
shows. Delphi plans to roll out 



the Gen II TV Diversity 
Reception System early next 
year. — Rick Broida 



Instant-Messaging Mayhem 



Instant messaging began as a 
teen craze, then morphed 
into a corporate war. Microsoft 
recently joined the battle with a 
vengeance, integrating 
Windows Messenger into the 
Windows XP operating system 
and incorporating multimedia 
functions such as streaming 
audio and videoconferencing. 
Yahoo's most recent release of 
its IM client, Messenger, also 
features voice-chat and 
video options. 

AOL, which launched 
the craze, actually lags in 
introducing multimedia fea- 
tures, since it isn't yet offer- 
ing video capabilities with 
its stand-alone IM client, 
AOL Instant Messenger 
(AIM). There's a reason: 
Under the terms of the 
AOL Time Warner merger, 
AOL must guarantee inter- 
operability with other IM net- 
works before rolling out 
advanced IM services, including 
video. At press time, AOL Time 
Warner said it was close to 
reaching a deal with an 
unnamed technology firm to 
begin testing the interoperability 
of AIM with rival services. 
Even so, AOL hasn't joined 



IMUnified (www.imunified.org), 
an association of companies 
(including Microsoft and Yahoo) 
working toward a standard for 
interoperable messaging. Rob 
Batchelder, a research director at 
Gartner, says that any IM associ- 
ation without AOL (which also 
owns the popular ICQ IM ser- 
vice) is incomplete because AOL, 
with 30 million users, is by far 
the largest player. 




Videoconference with your kids on MSN 
Messenger. 



Why all the fuss about chat 
software? Batchelder calls instant 
messaging a "sleeping giant" 
with huge potential in the corpo- 
rate enterprise market. He con- 
siders AOL the proverbial 500- 
pound gorilla of instant messag- 
ing and predicts AOL will release 
its own corporate IM client. 

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serial or USB cradle, optional 
wireless Internet access, 
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HandEra 330 $349 

Palm OS, 5.9 ounces, gray-scale, 
240-by-320 resolution, 8MB RAM, 
serial interface, optional wireless 
Internet access, CompactFlash slot, 
Secure Digital slot 


Casio Cassiopeia E- 1 25 

Pocket PC OS, 9 ounces, 
240-by-320 resolution, 32 
USB interface (serial optic 
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What it is: 

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gaming-console battle, aimed squarely at the 
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upcoming $199.95 GameCube, due to deto- 
nate November 5, was designed to give play- 
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Power to square: 

A 485MHz IBM PowerPC engine and 40MB of 
system memory stoke the GameCube with 
computational fuel, and its controllers are 
studded with new features like a second ana- 
log control stick, left and right trigger buttons, 
and a built-in rumble motor. An upcoming 
optional wireless control called Wavebird will 
let you play as far as 30 feet away from the 
device. And you can say goodbye to those 
clunky cartridges: Games are now stored on 
3-inch optical discs. 



Out-of-box extras: 

Nintendo supplies an optional dual memory- 
card reader as well as an SD memory-card 
adapter. Online gamers will go for the 56kbps 
modem (a broadband adapter is in the works), 
and flat-o-philes can plug the GameCube into 
LCD monitors with a digital-video cable. 



Got game? 

Sure. Seven fresh Nintendo titles are expected 
to hit the shelves this holiday season, includ- 
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pda for play 



The $149 CybikoXtreme distills a teenager's 
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and playing video games) into a 6.4-ounce hand- 
held device. This wireless wonder is rigged with a 
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individuals or broadcast to a group of friends. 
CybikoXtreme's built-in antenna allows for wire- 
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Your eyes can deceive you. But not your arms. You'll be pleasantly surprised at 
the mere 3.4 pounds* and one-Inch width of the New Dell™ Latitude™ L400 notebook. 
What's even more surprising are all the features that are common In the average desktop. 
The keyboard is 95% the size of a full-sized one. The hard drive is available at up to 20GB? 
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DELL LATITUDE C500 



NEW— Wireless-Ready Value Notebook 

■ Intel' Celeron™ Processor at 700MHz 

■ 12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 64MB SDRAM 

■ 6GB 1 Ultra ATA HD 

■ 8MB ATI Mobility™ 128 Video, 2X AGP 

■ MS' Windows* 98, Second Edition 

■ Modulsr 24X Mex CD-ROM/Floppy Drive 

■ Internal Mini-PCI 58K Capable' SoftModem 

■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressChsrge™ Technology 

■ Dual Pointing -Touchpad and Pointing Stick 

■ 1-Yr NBD On-Site Service 1 



$12990 



E-VALUE CODE 
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a 14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display, add $150 
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Mainstream Thin and Light Notebook 

e Intel* Pentium - III Processor st 7B0MHz 

■ 14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

■ 128MB SDRAM 

■ 8GB' Ultra ATA HD 

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■ Li-Ion Battery w/ExpressChsrge™ Technology 

■ Duel Pointing - Touchpad and Pointing Stick 
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$1699 © 



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a Integrated Mini-PCI 802.11b Wireless LAN 41 

Card, add $99 
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DELL LATITUDE L400 



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a Intel* Pentium* III Proceaaor at 700MHz 

b 12.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

a 128MB SDRAM 

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a MS* Windows* 2000 Professions! 

a External Floppy Disk Drive 

a Internal 66K Capable* Modem snd 10/100 NIC 

a Ll-lon 4-cell Battery 

b 1-Yr NBD On-Slte Service 1 



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b 10GB* Ultra ATA HD 

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DESKTOPS 



Allenwire Area 51 

The Area SI has everything you'd expect 
from e top-tier gaming machine, but what 
really Impressed us was the Incredible 
attention Alienware paid to even the 
smallest details when creating this 
powerhouse PC. 

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Direct Price: $8,499 



plus three IEEE 1394 (FlreWire] end 
four USB porta. 
REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 
Gateway • www.gotewoy.com 
Direct Price; 12,624 €EBB» 



Gateway Performance 1700XL 

This 17GHz machine la a desktop 
powerhouse brimming with a vast array 
of features, Including an excellent 
19-inch display and e ?5GB herd drive, 



NuTrend Duron Power 2 

NuTrend's Duron Power 2 la Inexpensive at 
S899, but there'a nothing cheap about Ita 
componenta. The 950MHz Duron ayatem 
cornea loaded with a CD-RW drive, a 16x 
DVD drive, and a IP-Inch CRT. Penny-wlae 
PC or powerhouae? It'a a little of both. 

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Direct Price: $999 €EEB3 






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HP CD-Wrltar DVD 
Combo 9900cl 

The 9900ci combines the capabilities of a 
12x/10x/32x CD-RW with an 8x DVD drive. 
It delivers performance comparable to 
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Direct Price: $349 «FIJ* 



Lexmark Z53 Color Jetprlnter 

Balancing price and performance in Inkjet 
printers can be perplexing, but Lexmark'a 
Z53 makea It simple. That's because this 
Inkjet produces text and Images at levels 
far exceeding Ita coat— an enticingly low 
$139. 

SEE THIS MONTH'S REVIEW ON P. 66. 

Lexmark International 

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Direct Price: $139 €£EZJO 



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Logitech Cordleee 
MoueoMan Optical 

Logitech's new cordless optical mouse Is 
an engineering mervel that uses wireless 
radio and pinpoint optical technologiea. 
Decked out with featurea such aa a 
WebWheel and a browaer-back button, 
thia la one mouse you'll gladly grab. 
REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 
Logitech • www.logltoeh.eom 
Direct Price: $69.95 ffHD 



Microtek ScanMaker V6UPL 

A greet option for home and small-office 
use, the ScanMaker V6UPL produced crisp 
images and achieved outstanding speed 
In our lab testa. It'a one of the finest 
scanners we've seen In this price range. 
REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 
Microtek • www.mlerotok.eom 
Mfr. Eat. Price: $129.99 €EHiO 

Pacific Digital TurboWrlter 
121032ol 

The TurboWriter's PlleCD utility undermined 
its performence, but this CD-RW drive 
still hed the festest disc-read score in 
our roundup. It also boasts a terrific 
S149 price end Includes buffer-underrun 
protection. 

REVIEWED IN SEPTEM8ER ISSUE 
Pacific Digital • www.ipde.eom 
Direct Price: $149 fHHO 



Polk Audio AMR150 

A four-channel multimedia apeaker aya- 
tem, Polk's AMR 150 rivals the sound quali- 
ty of home eudio speakers with sccurete 
highs, powerful lows, end mellow middle 
frequencies. 

REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE 
Polk Audio • www.polkoudlo.eom 
Direct Price: $149.98 aJTITO 



Samaung SyncMaster 5P0vTFT 

One of the first analog LCD monitors priced 
under $500, the SyncMaster 5?0vTFT has 
well-designed controls with all buttons 
easily accessible from the front, and 
excellent Imege quality at its netlve 
l,024-by-?68 resolution. 
REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 
Semeung Electronics America 
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Mfr. Eat. Price: $499 tZEED 



Sony Spreesa CRX200E/A1 

If you're not yet reedy to invest in a pricey 
DVD-R drive, check out Sony's Spressa 
CRX200E/A1. It's a fast, inexpensive 
12x/8x/32x CD-RW drive thet can also burn 
double-density discs thet hold up to 1.3GB 
of data. 

SEE THIS MONTH'S REVIEW ON P. 65. 
Sony Electronics 
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GAMES 



Baldur'e Gate II: 
Throne of Bhtal 

Even •• an expansion pack, Baldur's Gate II 
Throne of Bhaal lives up to its amazing pre- 
decessors, adding three new levels and 
hours of gameplay, then wrapping it up 
with a bittersweet ending. 

SEE THIS MONTH'S REVIEW ON P. 93. 

Interplay Entertainment 

www.lntwrplay.com 

Direct Price: $29.95 «WD 



Mytt III: Exile 

In addition to its photo-realistic graphics, 
Exile delivers intellectual challenge and 
solid storytelling, as well as a sense of 



Emperor: Btttle for Dune 

It won't revolutionize the real-time strategy 
genre, but Emperor: Battle for Dune is a 
highly enjoyable game that emphasizes fast, 
intense skirmishes and has lots of replay 
value thanks to its three single-player 
modes and satisfying multiplayer features. 
REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE 
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surreal whimsy. Gamers of all stripes will 
find something here. 
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MOBILE 



Apple IBook 

Apples newest iBook is cheaper, thinner, 
faster, and offers far more features— such as 
a DVD drive and 8MB of video memory— than 
earlier IBooks. Indeed, this IBook is one of the 
finest consumer notebooks we've seen. 
REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 
Apple Computer • www.a0pft.com 
Direct Price: $1,499 €ZHX» 



scape modes and a flexible interface that 
supports both CompactFlash and Secure 
Digital media. 

SEE THIS MONTH'S REVIEW ON P. 84. 

HandEra • www.hanton.com 
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HandEra 330 

Although its no beauty, the Palm OS-based 
HandEra 330 delivers several innovations 
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NETWORKS 



SOHOware NetBleeter II 
Wlreleee Network Kit Combo 
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Looking for a reliable, simple wireless 
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Sony CLIat PEG-N710C 

Sony's newest PDA outpaces its Palm OS- 
based competition with a sleek design, a 
beautiful color display, and a rich feature 
set that includes audio and video playback. 
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Acrobat 5.0 improves on its predecessors 
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Final Cut Pro 2 

An incredible video-editing value, Apple's 
$999 Final Cut Pro 2 delivers sophisticated 
tools, including a Media Manager and 
media-browsing capabilities, that put it on 
a level with professional editing software 
that costs thousands more. 

SEE THIS MONTH'S REVIEW ON P. 88. 

Apple Computer 
www. applo. com/finalcutpro 
Direct Price: $999 (full version)) 
$249 (upgrade) t33H> 

PC Upgrade Commander 

If you're plenning to migrate applications, 
data, and settings from one computer sys- 
tem to another, don't think of doing it with- 
out PC Upgrade Commander, a handy piece 
of software that lets you upgrade with ease. 
REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE 
V Communications • www.v-com.com 
Direct Price: $49.95 (packaged); 
$39.95 (download) gPTTiia 



Pinnacle Studio DV 

Digital-camcorder owners will want to 
plug in to Pinnacle Studio DV, a DV-only 
video editor that comes bundled with an 
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface board. 




The package combines a broad range 
of functions, such as the ability to cap- 
ture and edit lower-quality video, with 
an outstanding interface. 
REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE 
Pinnacle Systeme 
www.pl nnacl§g y t . com 
Mfr. Est. Price: $99 tHHD 

Sound Forge 5.0 

Sound Forge 5.0 reclaims the software's 

status as the premier two-track audio 

editor by incorporating support for 24-bit 

audio, CD burning and ripping, and DirectX 

plug-ins that let you apply multiple effects 

simultaneously. 

REVIEWED IN AUGUST ISSUE 

Sonic Foundry • www.ton/c/oundry.com 

Direct Price: $399.96 (packaged); 

$349.9? (download) triTTe 




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Power Gaming PCs with Maximum Performance 



PS3000 



AMD Thundt rblrd/Duron Ready 

200/266MHZ FSB and UDMA-66 Support 

VIA KLE PC-133 and AGP Support 

128MB PC- 133 SDRAM 

30 QB UDMA Hard Drive 

56X CD-ROM 

Trident Blade 3D Shared AQP 

Motorola PCI 56K V.90 Voice Modem 

PCI 3D Wavetable Stereo Sound 

MLI120WPMPO Speakers 

360W AMD Certified Power Supply 



AMD Duron " Processor 

at 850 MHz $449 



AMD Duron Proooioor 

900 MHx $469 950 MHi $469 

A1AM *'*•• 

AMO Thundtrblrd w/Snh«no»d Cddhd Ptocwor 
1 2GHi (2MMM.I $499 1 3GHi iimmn.1 $609 



PS6000 



• AMD ThurxJerblrd/Duron Ready 

• 2007268MHz FSB and UDMA-1 00 Support 

• VIA KT133A PC-133 and 4X AQP Support 

• 266MB PC-133 8DRAM 

• 40 QBUDMA-100 Hard Drive 

• 56X CD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 MX400 DVD 3D 64MB 

• Motorola PCI 66K V.90 Voice Modem 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Stereo Sound 

• Atlas 440W 2.1 Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 350W AMD Certified Power Supply 



NEW Athlc. Enhanced Cache 

at 1.5 GHz $649* 



AMD Duron Proeostor 

850 MHi $639 900 MHx $649 




PS8000 



• New VIA KT266 DDR Chipset 

• 200/266MHZ FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

• DDR PC1600/2100 and 4X AGP Support 

• 128MB PC2100 (266MHz) DDR RAM 

• 60 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 

• 16X DVD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 PRO 3D DVD 32MB 

• Motorola PCI 66K V.90 Voice Modem 

• SoundBlaster PC1 128 4-Channel 3D Wavetable 

• MLI-452 4.1 Ch Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 350W AMD Certified Power Supply 



NEW Athlon™ w. Enhanced Cache 
at 1.4 GHz 5j> I 09ma(* 



AMD Duron Prooottor 

850 MHi $699 900 MHi $709 



950 MHi $669 



950 MHi $719 



A1M4 

i $61 

A1AM 



All 



1 4GHI (MiMH.| $61 9 1 5GHl IWMI $669 



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AMO Thunctorblrd w/Inh«no»d C»ch« PrftOMMf 

1 2GHi I3MMH.) $669 1 3GHi nMMM.1 $699 
am* 

1.4OHiim**h.i$809 



AMO Thundtrblrd w/lnhanodd Cach« Proocator 

1 ,2GHl (1MMH.I $739 1 3GHl IJ*eMH.| $749 



1.5GHiia**MM.i$809 



The Atlas Home Entertainment Line 

The Ultimate Multimedia PCs 



CERTIFIED ATHLON 
SYSTEM INTEGRATOR 



Atlas Micro uses only AMD 
certified components in order to 
achieve maximum performance 
and reliability. All systems built 
by Atlas Micro follows a very 
stringent guideline set forth by 
AMD to maintain a consistent 
line of high quality products. At 
Atlas Micro, we do not 
compromise quality with lower 
price. 



-AMD* 



AS6000 



• AMD ThunderWrd/Duron Ready 

• 2007266MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

• VIA KT1 33A PC-1 33 and 4X AGP Support 

• 128MB PC-133 SDRAM 

• 60 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 

• 16X DVD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 MX400 DVD 3D 64MB 

• Motorola PCI 56K V.90 voice Modem 

• SoundBlaster SB16 128V PCI 3D Wavetable 

• Atlas 440W 2.1 Speakers w/Subwoofer 

• 360W AMD Certified Power Supply 



AMD Duron Processor 

at 950 MHz $639- 



AMD Duron Proo«a«or 

850 MHx $61 9 900 MHi $629 



AS8000 



New AMD 781 Chipset Motherboard 
200/266MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 
DDR PC1600/2100 and 4X AQP Support 
256MB PC2100 (266MHz) DDR RAM ammaa 
40 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 
1 8X DVD-ROM WSOB 

Nvidia GEFORCE 2 PRO 3D DVD 64MB 
Creative Labs Modem Blaster PCI Voice Modem 
SoundBlaster PC1 128 4-Channel 3D Wavetable 
Altec Lansing AVS500 4.1 Ch Spkrs w/Subwoofer 
Microsoft Inteill Internet Keyboard 
Microsoft Intelli Mouse w/Wneel 
360W AMD Certified Power Supply 




NEW Athlon rM w'Eri! i Cache 



at 1.4 GHz 



$839 



MM1 

AMD Thundtrblrd w/tnh«no«d CMfw Proo—ot 
1 . 2GHi iimmh.1 |g69 1 . 3GHi tiMMH.) jjJ79 

1 4GHl OMMH.I |gB9 1 5GHf IM4MH.) |]£9 



AMD Duron Proocsaor 

850 MHi $769 900 MHx $779 

UMI MAM 

950 MHx $789 

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AMD Thund«rWrd w/Snhanoad OmH* Proc—or 

1 2OH1 HMMN.I $91 9 1 3GHx ummh.) $829 

A9AA4 

1.50Hii7**mh,i$879 



AS9900 



• New AMD 760 MP Dual Processor Chipset 

• 2007266MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

• DDR PC1600V2100 and 4X AGP Support 

• 256MB PC2100 (266MHz) DDR RAM 

• 80 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 
I • 16X DVD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 3 3D DVD 64MB 

• Creative Labs Modem Blaster PCI Voice Modem 

• Creative SoundBlaster Live 6.1 

• Creative Labs Desktop Theater 5.1 DTT2200 

• Microsoft Intelli Internet Keyboard 

• Microsoft Intelli Mouse w/Wheel 

• Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional 

• 350W AMD Certified Power Supply 



Dual AthlonMP™ Processor 
at 1.0 GHz Jj> I , OO" 



AMD Athlon MP'" ProoMftOf 

Dual AthlonMP 1 .2 OHi $1 .589 

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Editors' 
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Dual AlMonMP 1 .4 OHi $1 ,699 

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Dual AthlonMP 1 .5 OHi $1,779 




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The Atlas Performance Line 

Powerful Business PCs for your Office or Home 



CS6000 



• Intel Coppermine/VIA C3 Ready Motherboard 

• 133MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 
•128MB PC- 133 SDRAM 

• 40 GB UDMA Hard Drive 

• 56X CD-ROM 

• S3 Savage 4 3D DVD Shared AGP 

• Motorola PCI 56K V.90 Voice Modem 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Stereo Sound 
•MLI120WPMPO Speakers 




Via C3 Processor 



at 750 MHz 



CS9000 



• Intel New Pentium IV Chipset Motherboard 

• 400MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

• PC133 and 4X AGP Support 

• 128MB PC-1 33 SDRAM 

• 40 GB UDMA Hard Drive 

• 56X CD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 MX400 DVD 3D 64MB 

• Motorola PCI 56K V.90 Voice Modem 

• SoundBlaster SB16 128V PCI 3D Wavetable 

• Atlas 440W 2.1 Speakers w/Subwoofer 



Pentium IV Processor 




$429 



Via C3 Processor 
800 MHz $439 

S1A02 

Intel Pentium III Coppermine Processor 

850 MHz $539 866 MHz $549 

S1A03 S1A04 

933 MHz $559 1 000MHz $579 

SIMM S1AM 



at 1.4 GHz 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 

1.5 GHz $699 

■MM 

1.6 GHz $729 

S3A03 

1.7 GHz $759 

S2A04 

1.8 GHz $819 

S2A06 



$689 



The Atlas Value Multimedia Line 

Performance PCs at an affordable Price 




MS8000 



• Intel Coppermine/VIA C3 Ready Motherboard 

• 133MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 
•256MB PC- 133 SDRAM 

• 40 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 

• 56X CD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 MX DVD 3D 32MB 

• Creative Labs Modem Blaster PCI Voice Modem 

• PCI 3D Wavetable Stereo Sound 

• MLI 120W PMPO Speakers 



Pentium III Coppermine 

at 850 MHz $O09: 




MS9000 



• Intel New Pentium IV Chipset Motherboard 

• 400MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

• PC133 and 4X AGP Support 
•256MB PC-1 33 SDRAM 

• 60 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 

• 16X DVD-ROM 

• Nvidia GEFORCE 2 PRO 3D DVD 32MB 

• Motorola PCI 56K V.90 Voice Modem 

• SoundBlaster SB16 128V PCI 3D Wavetable 

• Cambridge PC Works CSW100 Spkrs w/Subwoofer 

• Microsoft Intelli Internet Keyboard 

• Microsoft Intelli Mouse w/Wheel 



Pentium IV Processor 



Via Cyrix C3 Processor 

750 MHz $499 

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at 1.7 GHz 



$919 



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800 MHz $509 



Intel Pentium III Coppermine Processor 

866 MHz $61 9 933 MHz $639 

S3A04 

1000MHz$659 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 

1.4 GHz $849 

S4A01 

1.5 GHz $859 

S4A03 

1.6 GHz $879 

S4A03 

18 GHz $969 

S4A06 



The Atlas Professional Multimedia Line 

Cinematic Experience right in your own home and more 



GS8000 



Intel New Pentium IV Chipset Motherboard 
400MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 
PC1 33 and 4X AGP Support ,^-y 

256MB PC-1 33 SDRAM -rigS 

40 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive J^ff 

16X DVD-ROM ■■■ 

Nvidia GEFORCE 2 Ultra 3D DVD 64MB 
Creative Labs Modem Blaster PCI Voice Modem 
SoundBlaster PC1 128 4-Channel 3D Wavetable 
Alec Lansing AVS500 4.1 Ch Spkrs w/Subwoofer 
Microsoft intelli Internet Keyboard 
Microsoft Intelli Mouse w/wheel 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 



GS9000 



Intel New Pentium IV Chipset Motherboard 

400MHz FSB and UDMA-100 Support 

PC1 33 and 4X AGP Support ^ 

512MB PC-1 33 SDRAM (fa 

60 GB UDMA-100 Hard Drive 

16X DVD-ROM 

Nvidia GEFORCE 3 3D DVD 64MB 

Creative Labs Modem Blaster PCI Voice Modem 

Creative SoundBlaster Live 5.1 

Creative Labs Desktop Theater 5.1 DTT2200 

Microsoft Intelli Internet Keyboard 

Microsoft Intelli Mouse w/Wheel 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 



at 1.6 GHz 



$999 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 

1.4 GHz $959 

■MM 

1.5 GHz $969 

SSA02 

1.7 GHz $1,029 

SSA04 

1.8 GHz $1,089 

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at 1.8 GHz 






$1,299 



Intel Pentium IV Processor 

1.4 GHz $1,169 

S6A01 

1.5 GHz $1,179 

MM 

16 GHz $1,209 

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1.7 GHz $1,239 

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AS90 



$279 



.26 dp. 1600 x 1200 @ 76Hz 

AS70 $179 

.27 dp. 1280 x 1024 @ 66Hz 

AS50 $159 

.28 d.p. 1280 x 1024 @ 66Hz 

with 3 years brand naw replacement warranty 

1530V LCD $539 

with 1 year warranty 

VIEWSONIC 



E70 



$189 



.27 d.p. 1280 x 1024 

E75 


9 66Hz 

$219 


.25 d.p. 1280 x 1024 

E90 


60Hz 

$259 


.26 d.p. 1600 x 1200 


60Hz 



VG150LCD15" $599 



ELEMENTS 

Cyclone 9A $219 

.26 d.p. 1600 x 1200 9 60Hz 

Cyclone 7D $155 

.27 d.p. 1280 x 1024 @ 6OH2 

with 3 years warranty 




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Award lor Outstanding Partner 
System Builder Summit 2001 



Best Support Award 
from eVGA.com 




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July 2001 
There should be a picture in the 
dictionary of the Atlas Micro 
XS5000 under the heading 
"Price/Performance." This 
desktop system was one of the 
best performers we've ever 
seen. Yet, it costs about $1 ,000 
less than the other high-end 
Athlon desktops reviewed 
here. 

Mr. David English 

VZT\ Editors' 

4*-* Choice November 2000 
Getting more for less plain 
feels good. Atlas Micro covers 
all the bases with its PS 5000, 
combining blazing speed with 
extras such as a DVD drive and 
a 17-inch monitor for less than 
$1,000. This break - through 
system delivers jaw - dropping 
value and earns our Editor's 
Choice award. 

Mr. Ken Feinstein 



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Editors' 
Choice 



June 2000 
"Atlas clearly focused on 
speed when it created the 
RS6000. This system's no- 
nonsense approach to power 
left every other PC in this 
roundup in the dust.. ..For the 
money, the Atlas RS6000 is 
impossible to beat. Kudos to 
Atlas for offering this 
breakthrough configuration." 
tfbi Ms. Julie Polito 



All Atlas Micro PCs include: 
3.5" 1.44MB Diskette Drive, Medium ATX 
Case, Windows Millennium Pre-installed, Sun 
Micro StarOffice Application Suite, Windows 
Keyboard, Internet Mouse w/Scroliing Button, 
Deluxe Stand-up Microphone, 3- Year Limited 
Parts and Labor Warranty, Life Time Toll-Free 
Technical Support. 



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2001 Alias Micro Logistic Inc AH rights reserved All brands and 
product names are trademarks or registered trademarks ol their 
respective companies. All prices and configurations are subject to 
change without notice or obligation Original shipping charges and 
opened software are non-refundable All returns have to be 
accompanied with an RMA number and must be in re-salable 
Systems pictures may include some equipment and/or 
; which are not standard features. Atlas Micro Logistic Inc 
is not responsible for any typographical errors 



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Gum Featires 

> 102-key Keyboard with Numeric Keypad 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> 16MB Video Memory 

> 10.0GB, 20.0GB, or 30.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> Removable 3.5" 1 .44MB FDD exchangeable with opt. 
Iomega Zip Drive, or 2nd HDD 

> 3D Surround Sound with Hardware Wavetable 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots 

> 10/100 Ethernet Lan Adapter 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> 75.6w Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 1 IEEE 1394 Port & 1 Video In Port 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jocks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft Windows ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

1 5" SXGA+ Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 933MHz 

256MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

10.0GB Hard Drive 4 

8X' Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 



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1 5" SXGA+ Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 1.0GHz 

256MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

30.0GB Hard Drive 4 

8X Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 




1945 



Common Featires 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> Integrated Ultra AGP Graphics (4x AGP Performance) with 
64MB Max. User Definable Share Memory Architecture 

> 10.0GB, 20.0GB, or 30.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5* 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 
>1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem + 10/100 Ethernet 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 3 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Browser and API 
>1 IEEE 1394 Port 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV Out Port 

> Other Ports: 1 P, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jocks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft Windows ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.1V x 10.0"d x 1.48"h 



14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 1.0GHz 

128MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

20.0GB Hard Drive 4 

24X 7 Max. CD-ROM Drive (8X Max. DVD opt.) 



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14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 1.0GHz 

256MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

30.0GB Hard Drive 4 

8X' Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 




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Comnsn Featires 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> Integrated Ultra AGP Graphics (4x AGP Performance) with 
64MB Max. User Definable Share Memory Architecture 

> 10.0GB, 20.0GB, or 30.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 
>1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem + 10/100 Ethernet 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 3 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Browser and API 
>1 IEEE 1394 Port 

> 2 USB Ports & 1 TV-Out Port 

> Other Ports: IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft' Windows ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.1"w x 10.0"d x 1.48"h 



13.3" XGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 933MHz 

128MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

10.0GB Hard Drive 4 

24X ? Max. CD-ROM Drive (8X Max. DVD opt.) 



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13.3" XGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 1.0GHz 

128MB 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

10.0GB Hard Drive 4 

8X Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 



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Ourtop-of-the-line notebook boasts 
unrivaled speed and power at 
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Cum Features 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> 2X AGP 8MB ATI Rage Pro 3D Video 

> 10.0GB or 20.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive 

> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 

> 1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 10/100 Ethernet Lon Adapter 
>56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> Smart Lithium-Ion Battery 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR Interface 

> 2 USB Ports 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jocks: 1 Line-In, 1 Line-Out and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft Windows ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.8"wx 10.15"dx 1.49"h 



1 5" XGA Active Matrix Display 
Mobile Pentium® III Processor 600MHz 

Featuring Intel® SpeedStep" Technology 
128MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 
10.0GB Hard Drive 4 
24X 7 Max. CD-ROM Drive (8X Max. DVD opt.) 



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15" XGA Active Matrix Display 
Mobile Pentium® III Processor 800MHz 

Featuring Intel® Speed Step Technology 
256MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 
20.0GB Hard Drive 4 
8X Max. DVD-ROM Drive 




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Common Features 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> Integrated Ultra AGP Graphics (4x AGP Performance) with 
64MB Max. User Definable Share Memory Architecture 

> 10.0GB, 20.0GB, or 30.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Surround Sound 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 
>1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 56K Capable 3 V90 Modem + 10/100 Ethernet 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fost IR Interface 

> 3 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Browser and API 

> 2 USB Ports 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft Windows ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Slim Notebook: 12.1"wx 10.0"d x 1.48"h 



13.3" XGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 500MHz 

128MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

10.0GB Hard Drive 4 

24X 2 Max. CD-ROM Drive (8X Max. DVD opt.) 



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14.1" XGA Active Matrix Display 
Mobile Pentium® III Processor 600MHz 

Featuring Intel® Speed Step" Technology 
128MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 
20.0GB Hard Drive 4 
8X Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 




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Common Features 

> 256KB On Die L2 Cache 

> Integrated Ultra AGP Graphics (4x AGP Performance) with 
64MB Max. User Definable Share Memory Architecture 

> 10.0GB, 20.0GB, or 30.0GB Hard Drive opt. 

> 3.5" 1.44MB FDD 

> 3D Sound Effect 

> 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers and 1 Built-in Microphone 

> Built-in Touchpad Pointing Device 
>1 Type II PCMCIA Slot 

> 10/100 Ethernet Lan Adapter 
>56K Capable 3 V90 Modem 

> Infra Red, Wireless Fost IR Interface 

> 1 USB Port 

> Other Ports: IS, IP, Ext. Keyboard and Ext. CRT 

> Jacks: 1 Headphone and 1 Microphone 

> Microsoft * Windows'" ME 

> Carrying Case and AC Adapter 

> Super Slim Notebook: ll'wx 9.4"d x 1 5"h 



12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 

Intel® Pentium® III Processor 500MHz 

128MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 

10.0GB Hard Drive 4 

24X 7 Max. CD-ROM Drive (8X Max. DVD opt.) 




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12.1" SVGA Active Matrix Display 
Mobile Pentium® III Processor 600MHz 

Featuring Intel® Speed Step™ Technology 
128MB 100MHz SDRAM expandable to 512MB 
10.0GB Hard Drive 4 
8X Max. DVD-ROM Drive (CD-RW opt.) 



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> Numeric Keypad > PCMCIA Cards (V90Data/Fax / 
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options availability, most options are notebook specific. 
Leastlf I Warranty Business leasing available on all 
ProStar systems. Lifetime toll-free technical support. 
One year parts and labor warranty. 30 day money 
back guarantee. 3 year warranty from Phillips 
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Special Proirans Dealer/VAR, Government and 
Corporate pricing available. Call a ProStar 
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Upload speeds ore less. Actual data speeds will vary depending on me 
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20GB Hard Drive 

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Stereo Audio 

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Toward the. Online 

Business Bazaar 

Web-based business exchanges should take a hint 
from eBay and Napster. 

URING THESE DOT-COM DOG DAYS, THERE REMAINS ONE 
shining example of Internet success— eBay, the backyard auction gone 
global. It's an organization with no product, no distribution capacity, and 
no means of rating or even describing the products it sells. Yet it has been profitable 
almost from day one, facilitating sales of just about everything under the sun. 

eBay is a form of online exchange in the consumer-to-consumer category It's 
somewhat similar in purpose to peer-to-peer sites such as Napster successors 




based on Gnutella software, which facili- 
tate direct swapping of music among indi- 
viduals. Architecturally, however, eBay is 
based on client-server technology, and the 
actual exchange of products takes place 
offline. 

While eBay has proved wildly popular 
among consumers, an equally successful 
example in the corporate realm has been 
hard to find. An early hope was the demo- 
cratic notion of empower- 
ing smaller, entrepreneur- 
ial businesses by letting 
them pool buying power to 
secure volume discounts 
via online exchanges. This 
idea took hold in 2000 in 
the form of "independent" 
online exchanges. 

And these independent 
exchanges — at least, before 
the dot-com crash — did seem 
destined to transform com- 
merce. They could enable a 
neutral organization to serve 
as a facilitator to buyers and 
sellers, offering a place for 
vendors to competitively ^ ^ 

offer products to a targeted 
business segment. 

But in today's harsher 
Web environment, facilitators' commis- 
sions are a problem because they reduce 
margins for sellers and raise prices for buy- 
ers. Individuals gladly pay eBay to help 
them sell products, but buyers using inde- 



pendent exchanges already have existing 
supply networks. Thus, growth projections 
for independent exchanges are rather flat. 

SPONSOR POWER 

More promising are private online 
exchanges in which a consortium of indus- 
try buyers underwrites an exchange that 
provides needed products. The classic pri- 
vate exchange is Covisint, in which auto 




parts are available to sponsors GM, Ford, 
DaimlerChrysler, Nissan, Renault, and 
Peugeot Citroen. 

Sponsors can use Covisint to acquire 
products from a wide range of participat- 



ing suppliers. DaimlerChrysler recently 
used the exchange to purchase more than 
$3 billion of auto parts in four days, the 
largest online auction of its kind. Tallies 
like that add up to big business opportuni- 
ties. In fact, Jupiter Media Metrix and AMR 
Research both estimate that private 
exchanges will grow from roughly $200 
million in 2000 to around $35 billion by 
2005. 

One challenge is balancing sponsors' 
needs to cooperate with their urge to com- 
pete. To succeed, sponsors must cooperate 
enough to enable exchanges to offer better 
prices than are available from existing 
sources. On the other hand, sponsors of 
private exchanges could collude on pricing. 
The FTC has challenged private exchanges, 
including Covisint, on this basis, although 
it concluded that Covisint was too chaotic 
to engage in anything as sophisticated as 
price fixing. 

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vate exchanges might wall off huge por- 
tions of business procurement from public 
view. But there's another scenario, one that 
brings us almost full circle to the eBay 
model: Peer-to-peer, or distributed com- 
puting, is heating up again. Analysts 
believe that over the next five years, indi- 
viduals and business users will start com- 
municating directly with others on the 
Web, swapping applications and content. 
This architecture reduces the role of 
servers and is being built now by large 
companies. 

Such a setup could put procure- 
ment closer to those who need 
products, even in a private 
exchange. While a plant manager 
requesting parts or an employee 
ordering envelopes would still be a 
B2B transaction, peer-to-peer 
architecture could allow ordering 
directly from approved lists of sup- 
pliers, in preauthorized quantities. 
(For consumers, peer-to-peer could 
let individuals buy copy-protected 
content directly from other indi- 
viduals, and route payments and 
royalty fees to appropriate parties.) 
The peer-to-peer impact on pri- 
vate exchanges is speculative, but 
B2B commerce on the Web isn't 
likely to retreat to vast walled 
exchanges. Instead, the Web will 
begin to incorporate fluid but well-man- 
aged client-to-client capabilities, bringing 
the benefits of private exchanges to more 
and more buyers and sellers. 

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Get ready for the sequel to the dot-com debacle. 

IF YOU THOUGHT THE DOT-COM BOOM AND BUST WAS FUNNY, 
wait until we go through the next mania: Fiber to the Home (FTTH). It's 
not that FTTH is a bad thing, it's just that the enormous cost will bankrupt 
most players, and those that survive may find it takes longer to turn a profit than 
investors are willing to wait. Still, the technology shows promise. 

The current business model for FTTH appears to be the same from company 
to company. You sell an integrated "solution" for telephony, video, and Internet 

so low. It appears it's better to do new 
buildouts than what's termed "over-build," 
or placing fiber in areas already serviced by 
POTS and cable. It's usually a municipality 
that throws fiber into a city already well- 
serviced by copper. 



services. In other words, your phone lines 
run over fiber, as does your cable TV and 
your 24/7 high-speed Internet connection. 
The typical monthly cost for all this 
depends on the extent of the service, but it 
should hover around $150 for everything. 
Internet access in excess of 4mbps 
may go as high as $400 a 
month. The incoming line 
will deliver between 
lOOmbps and a giga- 
bit, with a portion 
choked off for the 
Net. The rest is for 
on-demand video 
services, which 
will add to the cost 
because they'll be m j 

pay-per-view. I 

At this writing, 
there are believed 
to be around 
95,000 users of 
FTTH, compared 
with 10 million DSL /cable 
modem users. Within the next 10 
years, some reckon fiber will dominate. 
Experts anticipate up to 3 million FTTH 
users by 2005. When given a choice, people 
would gladly take a fiber connection, and 
most technologists are clamoring for it. 
Some sources say people are even buying 
into areas with fiber connections and doing 
nothing more than setting up shop with a 
few Web servers and never moving in. This 
is because the price of high-speed access is 




area, it's more difficult to sell all facets of the 
service — cable, phone, and Internet. People 
may like their local cable and telco as is. 
Finally, the local competitors are entrenched 
and not about to roll over just because some 
new guy is in town. 

I still recall the early boom days of the 
dot-com fad when people assumed brick- 
and-mortar companies would fall prey to 
dot-coms because they were clueless and old- 
fashioned. Maybe they were slow to react, 
but once they did, they took back their turf. 
The same thing will happen here. And 
FTTH's start is hampered by the sudden col- 
lapse of the fiber juggernaut. With JDS 
Uniphase declaring a record-breaking $50 bil- 
lion loss, you have to wonder what's wrong 
with this picture. 

Still, projects are under way across the 
country. Palo Alto is working with Marconi 
to "fiberize" 75 homes in that city with up to 
three phones, a video link, and Internet, to 
the tune of 4.5mbps upstream and 7mbps 
downstream. Nobody needs that kind of 
speed or. the clogged Net, but okay This is 
basically a feasibility study designed to 
determine if the technology can be rolled 
out systemwide. Projects from other com- 
panies in Sacramento and American 
Canyon, Calif, offer a variety of value- 
added services along with cable, phone, and 
Internet. And you thought prices for homes 
in Palo Alto were high enough! 

Another recent development is the 

formation of The FTTH Council 

by Optical Solutions, Alcatel, and 

Corning. Expect more vested 

interests to pop up and join the 

organization. 



You'd think string- 
ing fiber in hopes a third party will come in 
and patch into it would be a great way to 
make money. But many FTTH experts fear 
the raw competition in copper-clad areas 
will make it more difficult than in a new 
development. First, cities stringing fiber 
may just be doing fiber to the curb. You still 
need to go inside the home. Second, startup 
gear for an installation is costly — about 
$1,000 to $2,000 per setup. In an established 



THE FUTURE OF FTTH 

There's a certain crazed 
idealism in all the 
hoped-for growth. One 
executive said he believed the 
"killer application" for FTTH will 
be new housing developments. I guess 
he doesn't know exactly what an "applica- 
tion" is. This kind of fuzzy thinking will 
cloud the investment community, too. And 
when you ask any of these folks about open 
access to the fiber and equipment (as with 
the phone lines), you imagine them putting 
their fingers in their ears and babbling real 
loud so as not to hear. My take: Expect an 
early dot-com-like boom and bust with this 
technology, followed by steady growth. The 
profits will be made by those buying out the 
early entrepreneurs for pennies on the dollar. 

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AS E-TAILERS GET PUMMELED FOR FAILING TO TURN A 
profit, a recent survey from Jupiter Media Metrix adds insult to injury 
by revealing 63 percent of shoppers said they'd abandoned shopping 
carts because of high shipping and handling costs. 

Of those surveyed, 45 percent said weight and distance should drive charges; 
53 percent of veteran shoppers agreed. Among Jupiter's top-50 list of e-tailers, 

only 39 percent price shipping this way; 54 
percent base shipping costs on order size 
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FLAWED PERCEPTION? 

It's tempting to assume consumers are being 
fleeced. Take Clinique's policy of charging 
$5 and up, depending on the cost of your 
order, when the products weigh just ounces. 
But shipping and handling costs are very real 
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Most e-tailers have attempted to map 
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After Amazon.com quickly terminated 
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charges significantly as well. It's a great deal 
for consumers, but for the e-tailer, it doesn't 
seem any more sustainable than shipping 
dog food for pennies on the dollar. 

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Consumers also need to take a look in the 
mirror in terms of what they say versus 
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For consumers, the two important 
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page, taking into account what's 
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from the scale of your order. E-tailers 
that leave shipping calculations on 
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such as 800.com, should at least offer 
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porarily from their peers and more 
on communicating what they do 
best. I shop at Barnes & Noble.com 
because it ships faster than anyone / 
else, not because it squeezes its margins on 
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Despite a rocky start and a few obstacles, 
digital photography is here to stay. 

HE DIGITAL-PHOTOGRAPHY PICTURE RECENTLY TURNED 
ugly, with several prominent photo sites going broke and two pioneer- 
ing businesses (Ofoto and Weave Innovations) being swallowed by 

industry giant Kodak. Does this mean digital photography is just a passing fad 

and not the start of a massive transition? 

In a word, no. The transition to digital photography will be sweeping, but it 

will be gradual and complex, with lots of businesses coming and going along 

the way. The short-lived boom in Web-based photo services represents the first 

moments in an evolution that will 
take years. (In the spirit of full dis- 
closure, I am chairman of a busi- 
ness that's staked its future on 
the long-term growth of digital 
photography.) 

Today's digital cameras produce 
images more than good enough for 
most consumers. The bigger issue is 
usability. Accessing features 
through a menu system on a small 
LCD isn't nearly as easy as working 
the controls on a film camera. 
Other problems include the delay 
between pressing the button and 
capturing the image, and getting 
pictures from the camera to the PC. 
Fortunately, the latest cameras 
make great strides in these areas. 

Price barriers are also coming down, 
thanks to the same wonders of semiconduc- 
tor evolution and mass production that 
drove PC prices down, and speed and 
memory capacity up. 

What's really preventing mass-market 
adoption is the difficulty of dealing with pic- 
tures once you take them. How do you save 
the "negatives" and find the ones you want 
months or years later? How do you get 
prints without spending hours babysitting 
your inkjet printer or tediously uploading 
images to an online photo-finishing service? 
How do you share pictures electronically 
with computer-illiterate friends or family? 

Web-based photo services provide some 
solutions, but they fall short in a variety of 




ways. Despite the high quality of their 
prints, companies such as Shutterfly and 
Ofoto have struggled to survive. The Web- 
based uploading and ordering process is 
slow and tedious. Delivery of prints by mail 
adds to the cost and is a lot slower than one- 
hour film processing. Furthermore, creating 
a new consumer brand is extremely expen- 
sive, and the capital once showered on such 
ventures dried up late last year. 

Sharing-focused sites have struggled even 
more. Zing, Ememories, eCircles, and 
PhotoHighway are gone, and photo-sharing 
pioneer PhotoPoint is struggling. Millions of 
consumers used these services, but few were 
willing to pay for them. Advertising revenue, 
combined with commissions on the tiny 



fraction of pictures consumers chose to 
print via these services, didn't cover the cost 
of the massive storage consumed (18 ter- 
abytes at Zing when it shut down) and the 
high-bandwidth connections they required, 
not to mention all the people to run them. 

Despite these early struggles, the transi- 
tion to digital photography will radically 
reshape the way people manage and share 
photos, the products and services they buy, 
and the companies that supply them. 

In the film world, 4-by-6 prints are made 
by the billions because they're the primary 
way to preview pictures, but only a fraction 
of them are worth printing. In the digital 
world, you can preview pictures on your 
monitor, so you don't need to print bad pic- 
tures. Most film processing today results in 
not just one print of each picture, good or 
bad, but two. 

As the transition to digital photography 
progresses, the number of 4-by-6 prints 
made will plummet. Even the good pictures 
often won't be printed; they'll be shared 
electronically, either in person on a PC, TV, 
or other screen, or via the Internet. And 
some printing will be done on home inkjets, 
rather than via a service. 

We'll also see tremendous growth in new 
kinds of photo output. Average print size 
will increase — after all, you'll print only the 
best pictures. And unlike the film world, 
where finding negatives and ordering 
enlargements is a nightmare, ordering prints 
of any size will be easy. 

Because you'll print only when you want 
to share your best pictures, you'll typically 
have a thematic collection of pictures — your 
vacation, a holiday party, or whatever. With 
the right digital technology, it can be just as 
easy to get the pictures printed in a nicely 
formatted, bound album. 

As improved cameras, software, and ser- 
vices emerge, digital photography begins to 
make sense for everyday consumers, and the 
world of photography will never be the 
same. 

FOND FAREWELL 

I wrote my first column for Computer 
Shopper more than 1 years ago. Last year, I 
started a business to create a new platform 
for digital photos. Because of the demands 
of that business, this column — my 125th — 
will be my last. I'd like to thank my loyal 
readers — especially those who took the time 
to write back — as well as the editors of 
Computer Shopper for letting me share my 



views. 



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the system so you don't have to deal with updating drivers, optimizing IRQ sharing, and 

zapping resource-hogging startup utilities to get top gaming performance. 

Nice touches abound when you open the box, reinforcing the feel of personalized 

attention. Emergency restore CDs and the manual have your name printed on them. The 

manual offers 

information 

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including 

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CD (not just a 

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RAID striping for top disk performance. 

The parts together deliver extremely fast 

performance — faster than most higher- 

clock-speed Pentium 4 systems — but the 

PC still comes in second to the similarly 

priced 1.7GHz Pentium 4-based Alienware 

Area 51 we looked at last month. (See 

"Built for Speed," September, p. 98.) 

The Mach V's sleek brushed-aluminum 

tower case shows plenty of attention to 

detail. The dual hard drives have an empty 

bay between them, with one of the case's 



five cooling fans blowing air between them. 
Even leaving that gap, the roomy tower still 
has space for four additional half-height 
3.5-inch drives and a third 5.25-inch drive. 

The Keytronics keyboard that came 
with our system is a bit light and slides 
around too easily during spirited gaming. 
Its feel is excellent, however. The combina- 
tion of a four-button IntelliMouse Optical 
and the included hard-plastic Ratpad 
mousepad is deadly in 3D shooters. The 
flat-screen ViewSonic PF790 19-inch moni- 
tor hogs your desk, but images do look 
sharp, and the display offers speedy refresh 
rates at high resolutions. We managed to 
play Quake III Arena with no stutter or 
flicker at 2,048 by 1,280. 

Keep in mind that Falcon Northwest 
lets you choose practically every compo- 
nent — we configured this system our- 
selves. You can even choose the brand of 
many components. Our test machine 
came with a Plextor CD-RW drive, for 



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DESIGN 9 

EASE OF USE 8 

FEATURES 7 

PERFORMANCE 9 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 7 

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IRQs fine-tuned before shipping; 
roomy case; excellent performance; 
knowledgeable support staff 

Pricey; no software-bundle 
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256MB 133MHz DDR SDRAM; 
twin 40GB hard drives in a RAID 
array; 16x/10x/40x CD-RW 
drive; 16x DVD-ROM drive; 
VisionTek nVidia GeForce3 graph- 
ics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM; 
19-inch ViewSonic PF790 moni- 
tor; Hercules Game Theater XP 
sound card; Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 
satellite/subwoofer speakers; 
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example. The com- 
pany doesn't provide 
a software bundle 
besides Easy CD 
Creator 4.0, 
PowerDVD 3.0, and 
some game demos, 
but if you're a hard- 
core-enough gamer 
to want this system, 
you've probably 
played all the games 
typically bundled 
with most lesser PCs. 

The Mach V's 
startup sequence has 
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extraneous utilities 
and other processor- 
sapping bag- 
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only icons 
you'll see in 
the taskbar 
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and sound- 
card con- 
trols. A 
directory on 
the hard 

drive holds backups of all the sys- 
tem's drivers, as well as useful 
utilities such as WinZip. 

The standard warranty is just 
a year, but you can upgrade to 
three years for $199. Should your 
system require service, Falcon 
Northwest pays for overnight shipping in 
both directions. The reps we talked to on 
the toll-free support line proved extremely 
knowledgeable about both hardware and 
gaming. Even the company's Web site 
caters to the hard-core gamer. Falcon 
Northwest will make suggestions, for 
example, of appropriate configurations, 
not only for the type of game, but even 
for specific games themselves. 

The Mach V is a stellar game performer, 
and, of course, it blows through boring 
business apps with aplomb as well. It's a 
great choice for those who value stability 
and the knowledge that they have the 
fastest gaming rig on the block over getting 
a bottom-dollar bargain. Buying a Falcon 
Northwest Mach V is like getting a new car 
from your local custom hot-rod shop) — all 
the performance tuning is already done for 
you, and the desktop isn't full of the 
computing equivalent of cup holders. 

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fXJ ALVIO'S $1,499 MAGISTER SYSTEM OFFERS FEW FRILLS BUT PLENTY OF 
thrills for gamers on a budget. Equipped with 256MB of RDRAM, an nVidia 
GeForce3 graphics board, and a 7,200rpm 40GB hard drive, you get gaming power 
**■ galore. Setup difficulties may deter buyers uncomfortable configuring system 
parameters, but for experienced users, the Magister is a good deal for the price. 

The system's gaming verve stems from its nVidia GeForce3 graphics accelerator with 64MB 
of fast DDR SDRAM. Predictably, the 1.5GHz Pentium 4-based Magister delivered excellent 
scores on our 3D benchmarks; the 1.4GHz Athlon configurations we've seen that perform at 
this level use more expensive two-disk RAID hard drive arrays to boost performance. 

You can also expect good disk-subsystem performance from the 40GB IBM Deskstar 
hard drive, 
although the 
drive settings 
may require 
some tweaking. 
Disk-related 
performance 
for the Magister 
initially came in 
notably low for 
its class, which 
we determined 
stemmed from 
incorrectly dis- 
abled DMA | 
transfer. (We 
routinely test 
systems exactly 
as we receive 

them from the manufacturer, without alter- 
ing performance settings.) After enabling 
DMA, application scores rose by 40 percent 
and disk scores improved by 70 percent, 
performance more appropriate for this class 
of system. In fairness to Alvio, the system 
we reviewed was a preproduction model. 
Perhaps once the system is in full produc- 
tion, the company will have shaken out the 
quality-control bugs. 

Inside the Magister's sturdy metal case 
you'll find plenty of room for expansion 
and free airflow. RDRAM modules occupy 
two of the motherboard's memory slots, 
leaving two free. Of the board's five PCI 
slots, one holds a 56kbps Diamond Supra 
modem and the second a Creative Labs 
Sound Blaster Live Value sound card. Only 
one optical drive — a 16x Toshiba DVD- 
ROM — is included, leaving two front- 
accessible 5.25-inch bays and one 3.5-inch 
bay available for expansion, along with the 





usual complement of two USB ports. We'd 
like to have seen a CD-RW drive included, 
but you can configure the Magister with 
one at the time of purchase. 

A 19-inch KDS Visual Sensations moni- 
tor comes standard with the Magister. The 
monitor's optimal resolution is 1 ,280 by 
1,024 at 85Hz, and its "short neck" 
design — the unit is only 16.5 inches deep — 
helps it fit easily on most desks. We liked 
its bright image and fine dot pitch, but we 
could neither completely dispel some 
moire patterns nor fully align the moni- 
tor's image geometry. Also, the controls 
for the onscreen menu occasionally con- 
fused us. More times than not, we ended 
up adjusting the wrong parameter or exit- 
ing the menu entirely when trying to 
change a setting. 

Alvio bundles the Cambridge 
Sound Works Digital satellite /subwoofer 
speaker system with the Magister. The 




speakers pump out 
very credible audio, 
especially considering 
the two diminutive 
(3.8-inch-square) 
satellites. The sub- 
woofer, with its bass 
and satellite amps, 
connects to the 
Sound Blaster card's 
S/PDIF output to 
deliver clean digital 
sound. 

The Magister also 
includes Microsoft's 
Internet Keyboard 
and Wheel Mouse 
Optical. We love the 
mouse but aren't wild 
about the 
keyboard's 
mushy 
action. The 
keyboard 
does come 
equipped 
with handy 
buttons 
above the 
QWERTY 



EDITORS' RATING 7.3 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 7 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURES 7 

PERFORMANCE 8 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 9 

Serious gaming power at an 
excellent price; GeForce3 
card; 256MB RDRAM; great- 
sounding, compact speakers; 
generous warranty 

DMA settings not optimized 
on our test unit; monitor had 

geometry and moire problems; 

monitor difficult to adjust 



DIRECT PRICE: $1,499 



as tested: 1 5GHz Pentium 
4; 256MB 400MHz RDRAM; 
40GB hard drive; 16x DVD-ROM 
drive; nVidia GeForce3 graphics 
card with 64MB DDR SDRAM; 
19- inch KDS Visual Sensations 
VS-19sn monitor; Creative Labs 
Sound Blaster Live Value sound 
card; Cambridge SoundWorks 
Digital satellite/subwoofer speak- 
ers; Diamond Supra V.90 modem; 
Windows Me; Corel WordPerfect 
2002; additional software 

COMPANY: Alvio 

Warrensville Heights, OH 
800-796-9290, 216-663-5880 
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for Back, Forward, Stop, Mail, 
Search, Favorites, and Web/ 
Home. Also, above the keypad are 
three buttons for one-keystroke 
access to My Computer, Cal- 
culator, or the Sleep function. For 
software, you'll get Windows Me, 
Corel WordPerfect 2002, and InterVideo's 
WinDVD — a typical bundle for a low-cost 
system. 

Alvio offers a three-year warranty on 
parts and lifetime coverage for labor. 
Toll-free telephone tech support is also 
free for life. All Alvio systems come with 
a 30-day money-back guarantee, but Alvio 
reserves the right to charge a 1 5 percent 
restocking fee. 

We like the Magister for what it is: 
a lean, mean gaming machine with a 
civilized price tag. Although it lacks 
niceties like a CD-RW drive or an IEEE 
1394 (Fire Wire) card, it includes the stuff 
gamers want: lots of fast RDRAM, a 
speedy IBM hard drive, and a killer 
GeForce3 graphics card. If Alvio ships 
the Magister with its hard drive settings 
optimized (and you configure the system 
with a slightly better monitor), it will be 
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ICRON IS AN OLD NAME AMONG COMPUTER MAKERS, BUT IT 
became the new kid in town once Micron Technology passed ownership of its 
PC operations over to Gores Technology Group at the beginning of June. 
Micron, now named MicronPC, has shifted its core business focus over to the corporate PC 
market. Still, despite the small name change and new direction, the company's offerings 
seem much the same. The $2,363 MicronPC Millennia Max XP2, powered by AMD's top-of- 
the-line 1.4GHz Athlon CPU, is the same solid performer we've always known the Millennia 
series to be. 

The XP2's overall performance is on the mark for a 1.4GHz Athlon-powered system, 
but it's difficult to accurately compare the XP2's 3D performance based on its test scores. 

In line with its ^^^^^ 

renewed con- 
centration on 
the business 
market, 
MicronPC 
elected to use 
Windows 
Certified graph- 
ics drivers for 
the system's 
nVidia 

GeForce2 GTS 
card. The two 
1.4GHz Athlon 
systems we had 
available for 

comparison were either equipped with a 
GeForce3 card or used nVidia's newer beta 
driver. By the numbers, both of these 
machines delivered faster 3D performance 
than the XP2. Even so, the XP2 will blitz 
through ordinary business apps, and it's no 
slouch at delivering after-hours entertain- 
ment, either. 

Our system came equipped with the 
five-piece Altec Lansing ACS56 speaker sys- 
tem, but at press time MicronPC informed 
us that it was shipping the lower-end three- 
piece ACS33 system instead. Consider pur- 
chasing a quality five-piece speaker system 
such as the Yamaha TSS-1 or the Sonigistix 
Monsoon MM-2000 from another vendor if 
you'll use your XP2 as more than just a 
work machine. 

The MicronPC 900MX Trinitron monitor 
has an 18-inch viewing area big enough to 
help you tame the unruliest spreadsheets — 
or to let you gather a few friends or col- 
leagues around to watch DVDs once busi- 
ness is done for the day. You can also burn 



data files — or your own music — to disc with 
the NEC 12x/ 10x/32x CD-RW drive. 

Micron was one of the pioneers of the 
no- tools-needed case, so it was no surprise 
to find the XP2 wrapped in one. The 
removable-media drives also let you leave 
your screwdriver in the toolbox for 
upgrades, as do the interface cards. For 
expansion, you have two 3. 5 -inch front- 
accessible drive bays, one 3. 5 -inch internal 
bay, and two PCI slots available. The 
256MB of DDR SDRAM occupies both 
memory sockets on the Gigabyte mother- 
board, but for an extra $20 you can opt for 
a single DIMM. Spending the extra $20 is a 
good idea, so you won't have to remove a 
perfectly good memory module if you 
decide to upgrade later. 

Two of the system's four USB ports are 
conveniently located on the front panel. 
Our test system had no IEEE 1394 
(Fire Wire) ports, but you can configure the 
system with a Pinnacle Systems Studio DV 
IEEE 1394 PCI card for an additional $49. 



(This option is hidden 
under the Additional 
Video Card drop- 
down menu in 
MicronPC 's online 
configurator.) 

Toll-free technical 
support is available 
around the clock, and 
the Millennia Max 
XP2 carries a one-year 
onsite parts-and-labor 
warranty. You can 
extend just the parts 
side of the warranty 
to three years for 
$100, or upgrade to a 
full three-year onsite 
contract for $199. Our 
test system 
arrived with 
Windows Me 
and Microsoft 
Office XP 
Standard 
Edition prein- 
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can opt for 







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included; 19-inch monitor; 
two front-mounted USB ports 

IEEE 1394 interface not 
standard; both memory 
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DIRECT PRICE: $2,363 



as tested: 1 .4GHz Athlon; 
256MB DDR SDRAM; 60GB hard 
drive; 1 2x/1 0x/32x CD-RW drive; 
16x DVD-ROM drive; nVidia 
GeForce2 GTS graphics card with 
64MB SDRAM; 19-inch MicronPC 
900MX monitor; Creative Labs 
Sound Blaster Live Value sound 
card; Altec Lansing ACS56 
satellite/subwoofer speaker 
system; Aztech V.90 modem; 
SMC 107100mbps Ethernet card; 
Windows Me; Microsoft Office XP 
Standard Edition; additional 
software 

company: MicronPC 
Nampa, ID 

888-224-4247, 208-898-8970 
www.micronpc.com 



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Office 2000 

instead if that's your preference. You 
can also substitute Microsoft Works 
^ Suite 2000 for Office; Works Suite 
includes Word, Encarta, Works, 
Money, Expedia Streets & Trips, and 
Home Publishing. InterVideo's 
WinDVD and Norton Antivirus 
round out the included software. 

MicronPC offers another unusual 
extra: training. The company's MicronPC 
University offers online training for every- 
thing from Microsoft Office ($79) to 
MCSE ($1,199). 

Incidentally, if you want to opt for a 
similarly configured Intel-powered system, 
look at MicronPC's Millennia Max XS line. 
A unit with all the same components but 
using Intel's 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor, 
the Intel 850 chipset, and 256MB of 
RDRAM will cost you exactly $500 more 
than this Athlon-based XP2 model. 

The MicronPC Millennia Max XP2's 
graphics performance isn't top-notch for 
its class, but everything else about the 
system is. The powerful XP2 offers a 
good balance of performance, features, 
and price, making it an excellent candi- 
date for a small- or home-office system 
that needs to bridge the worlds of work 
and entertainment. 

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V Rl JY / crisis s P ortscar — it s an upscale digital camera from 
N^ ^ Fujifilm. Speed, however, is indeed 
one of its strong points: The 6800 Zoom is a fast- 
shooting model that will let you get the action 
shots you want. Unlike many other cameras in its 
class, it has an almost imperceptible shutter delay. 

Fujinlm's 3. 3 -megapixel Super CCD image 
sensor is part of the reason for the fast shooting 
times. Featuring an innovative design with octag- 
onal pixels arranged in a honeycomb fashion, the 
image sensor also contributes to the camera's 
above-average output. Our test images showed 
excellent dynamic range, with ample detail in 
both shadow and highlight areas. The camera 
produced vivid, well-balanced colors, although 
shots tended to be warm, especially indoors. We 
did notice occasional image flaws, the most 
prevalent being visible noise. 

The 6800 Zoom is capable of producing 



6-megapixel image files, but we didn't see 
a leap in sharpness in these files over the 
3.3-megapixel mode. Included with the cam- 
era is a 16MB SmartMedia card. In addition 
to capturing still images, the 6800 Zoom can 
capture up to 1 60 seconds of video with 
audio. It can also record audio alone. 

Not only is the 6800 Zoom's design sleek 
and high tech, but it also makes the camera 
easy to hold and operate. A Palm-style cra- 
dle connects the camera to your PC; you 
drop the unit in to download files or charge 
1 ^^^^^^ the battery. 

We did notice a 
couple of usability 
shortfalls. The 
2-inch color LCD, 
sharp and bright 
under indoor light- 
ing, looks washed 



EDITORS' RATING 8.2 




RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 9 

EASE OF USE 8 

FEATURES 9 

IMAGE QUALITY 7 

PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 7 

Attractive, comfortable 
design; minimal shutter 
delay; cradle for downloading 
images and charging; video and 
audio recording 

Occasional image flaws; 
LCD looks dim in sunlight; 
manual-release flash 



MFR. EST. PRICE: $899 



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800-800-3854, 914-789-8100 
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out in sunlight. Also, the camera's pop- 
up flash works well, but it has to be 
released manually. 

Nonetheless, the Fujifilm FinePix 
6800 Zoom is a more-than-competent 
choice in a 3.3-megapixel camera. Its 
near-foolproof auto mode and advanced 
exposure features will let you make the 
best of almost any photo opportunity. 

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X^ ^y able storage. The 1.3GB double-density CD format 

used by Sony's $199.99 internal Spressa CRX200E/A1 CD-RW 

drive aims to do for recordable CDs what double-sided floppies did 

for that medium. 

The new 1.3GB blank media 

(dubbed "DDR" and "DD-RW") 

isn't much more expensive than 

the everyday 650MB variety. DDR 

and DD-RW discs can't be read by 

ordinary CD-ROM drives, but the 

CRX200E/A1 can also burn tradi- 
tional CD-R and CD-RW discs that 

can be shared. 

For a drive rated at maximum 

speeds of 12x for CD-R and DD-R 

writing, 8x for CD-RW and DD-RW 

writing, and 32x for CD reads, the 

CRX200E/A1 performs as expected. 

When writing to double-density 



discs, the drive actually delivered faster trans- 
fer rates, comparable to those of Teac's 16x 
CD-W516E CD-RW drive. Reading double- 
density was substantially slower, however. 

When formatting CD-RWs, the CRX200E/ 
Al surpasses many of the drives we've tested. 
The drive formatted a 650MB CD-RW disc in 
less than 10 minutes, and a double-density disc 
finished in the 20 minutes other drives typically 
require to format a regular 650MB disc. 

The performance and capacity of the 
CRX200E/A1 make it ideal for backups, 
and the software bundle includes Dantz's 
Retrospect Express utility, which can com- 
press up to 2.6GB 
of your data onto 
a double-density 
disc. Sony's 
ABCD software, 



EDITORS' RATING 8.0 






RATED I TO 10 

FEATURES 9 

INSTALLATION 9 

PERFORMANCE 7 

VALUE 7 

Bums 1 .3GB to double- 
_ density recordable and 
rewritable discs; formats CD-RWs 
quickly; solid software bundle; 
competitively priced 

Double-density format not 
readable in ordinary CD 

drives; slow read times for 

double-density discs 



DIRECT PRICE. $199.99 



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also included, enables packet- writing 
to CD-RW discs for drag-and-drop file 
copying and deletion. 

Like most modern IDE devices, the 
CRX200E/A1 requires no drivers, and 
installation poses no surprises. Even 
without considering its double-density 
abilities, the Sony Spressa CRX200E/A1 
is a fine choice for someone seeking 
a 12x/8x/32x CD-RW drive for a 
reasonable price. —Brad Dosland 



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'Peerl Pressure Is 
A Pricey Proposition 

EED SERIOUS REMOVABLE STORAGE? IOMEGA'S 
Peerless drive lets you pack 10GB or 20GB of data onto a 
PDA-size hard-drive-style cartridge. Iomega has incorpo- 
rated innovative new technology into the 
Peerless, but, for most users, the drive 
currently isn't a more compelling storage 
solution than external hard drives from 
makers like LaCie or Pockey Drives. 

Peerless consists of three parts: the 
removable disk cartridge, a base station, 
and an interface module. We looked at a 
$359.95 Peerless bundle with a 10GB 
cartridge and a USB 1.1 interface. (The 
same bundle with a 20GB disk costs 
$399.95.) Additional 10GB and 20GB 
disks cost $159.95 and $199.95, respec- 
tively. Several software apps are includ- 
ed, including Altiris PC Transplant Pro 
and Iomega's Backup. The drive sup- 
ports Windows 98, Me, and 2000, as well 
as Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x. 

Setting up the Peerless is speedy: 
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the interface module, attach the power supply, 
drop in the disk, and plug in the included USB 
cable. The drive's performance, however, is less 
so. Our test unit read data at 912K per second 
and wrote at 842K per second, neither figure 
pushing USB's theoretical maximum 1.5MB- 
per-second bandwidth. A faster IEEE 1394 
(Fire Wire) interface, a $90 upgrade, should be 
available by the time you read this. USB 2.0 and 
SCSI interfaces are also planned. 

We were less than sold on the Peerless 
^ em ^^ m ^^ mm design . I f you want t( ) 

share a Peerless disk 
between home and office, 
for example, you'll have to 
lug all three parts of the 
Peerless along, or else 
invest in another pricey 
base station and interface 



EDITORS' RATING 6.0 



RATED I TO 10 

FEATURES 6 

INSTALLATION 8 

PERFORMANCE 4 

VALUE 6 

Modular interface future- 
proofs drive; reasonable 
cost for removable disks; easy 
setup and installation; PC and 
Mac support 

Slow USB 1.1 interface; 
extra base stations are 
costly 



DIRECT PRICE: 

$359.95 (WITH 10GB 

CARTRIDGE) 



company: Iomega 

Roy, UT 

888-446-6342, 801-332-1000 

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module ($249.95 and $69.95, respectively, for 
USB). LaCie's 10GB PocketDrive, in contrast, 
costs only $300, connects to both USB and IEEE 
1394, and is one piece of hardware. 

Iomega envisions a future in which you'd 
use Peerless disks in your car stereo to listen to 
MP3s or in a personal video recorder to record 
your favorite shows. If any of these applications 
are realized, Peerless could become compelling. 
But for now, you can find faster and cheaper 
products that do the same thing. — Rick Popko 



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Like most Lexmark prod- 
ucts, the Z53 is a cinch to set 
up and install. In just 5 min- 
utes, we were ready to print. 
And when we did, the Z53's 
performance bowled us over. 
Text-printing times, at 8.1ppm, 
were right up there with those 
of Hewlett-Packard's highly 
rated $399 DeskJet 990Cse, 
with letter pages looking like 
laser prints even in ink-saving 




draft mode. A four-page PageMaker report, 
printed in normal mode, also popped out in a 
respectable amount of time. But what 
amazed us most was the pure photo-quality 
printing on glossy paper. We saw vivid, bright 
colors and amazing clarity on every print — 
and that with the Z53 set just to its default 
600dpi mode. 

Users who print in high volume should 
note that Lexmark crams all three of the 
Z53's color inks into one cartridge instead of 
using individual tanks for each color. Such 
cost-cutting is understandable in a $139 print- 
er, but the $40 per-refill price could add up 

quickly when printing 
out stacks of digital 



EDITORS' RATING 8.4 



RATED I TO 10 

FEATURES 8 

OUTPUT QUALITY 9 

PAPER HANDLING 8 

PERFORMANCE 8 

VALUE 9 

Excellent photo quality; low 
price; relatively fast print 
speeds; easy setup 

Single-cartridge color-ink 
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DIRECT PRICE: S139 



COMPANY: 

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888-539-6275, 859-232-2000 
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stills. For most users, 

the printer's low initial 

price will help offset 

the ink cost, but if you print lots of images, 

think twice before opting for the Z53. 

Still, there's no arguing with the stellar 
output. The only photo-quality inkjet printer 
we've seen do better is the Epson Stylus 
Photo 1280, but it can't print black text with 
nearly the speed or quality of the Z53 and 
sells for more than three times the price. For 
less than $150, photo-quality prints are now 
within everyone's reach. — Phil Lacefield Jr. 



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IF YOU'VE SPENT A BUNDLE ON A GAMING CONSOLE OR 
PC and have little left over for the speakers, Altec Lansing has 
solace for you in its $59.95 AVS500. This five-piece system 
offers decent, if not extraordinary, sound quality and can belt out 
surprisingly loud audio. 

The AVS500 system consists of four compact beige satellites, 
each fitted with a 3 -inch full-range 
driver, and a subwoofer module that 
packs a 5. 2 5 -inch driver. The built-in 
amplifier puts out 28 watts of power, 
half of that going to the subwoofer 
and the rest parceled among the four 
satellites. Altec Lansing uses its 
patented EQ system in this speaker 
set, which the company claims pro- 
vides better bass at lower volumes. 

Each satellite speaker has clear 
labels showing where it should be 
placed, and all connection cables are 
color-coded, so it's difficult to make 
a mistake when setting up. A simple 




instruction sheet explains how to hook up the 
system to a multichannel or two-channel 
sound source. 

The speakers' controls are similarly 
straightforward: volume, surround level, sub- 
woofer level, on /off switch, and a switch to 
select stereo (two-channel) or gaming sound. 
Tone controls are lacking. 

Nonetheless, after fine-tuning the bass 
level, we got remarkably listenable sound — 
that is, if you like thumping, boomy bass. 
Highs had punch, although cymbals sounded 
overbearing and strings a bit too strident. 
Such sonic extremes are well-suited for action 
games such as Unreal Tournament, or per- 
haps even a Metallica 
recording, but for other 
musical genres, they're 
a bit overwhelming. 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 7 

FEATURES 7 

SOUND QUALITY 6 

VALUE 8 

Inexpensive; easy setup 
with clearly labeled 
connections; loud 

Bass too thumpy; highs too 
bright; lightweight satellites 
slip and slide on desk surface 



DIRECT PRICE: $59.95 



COMPANY: 

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Milford, PA 

800-258-3288, 570-296-4434 
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Even so, we were able to turn the volume up 
close to the top before we heard any distor- 
tion. One minor quibble was unrelated to 
the sound quality: The satellites lack rubber 
feet, so they tended to slide around our 
computer table. 

The Altec Lansing AVS500 offers good 
value for the money and is definitely worth a 
careful listen, especially if you value raw 
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card wireless adapters whose operation isn't hampered 

by the physical bulk of the desktop PC itself. SOHOware 's NetBlaster 

II networking components, available separately or as part of several 

kits, offer considerable hope in both areas. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
We looked at the $549.99 SOHOware C 

Wireless Network Kit Combo Version, 

which comes with an access point, one 

wireless PCI adapter, and one PC Card 

wireless adapter. The PCI card ships 

with a separate wired antenna that you 

connect to the card's backplane. In our 

tests, a PC with the NetBlaster II PCI 

adapter installed connected regularly at 

45 to 60 percent signal strength to a 

wireless access point two floors below. 
The design of the NetBlaster II 

access point shows that SOHOware lis- 
tened to critics about problems with 




access points in general. The access point is 
small (5.5 inches by 3.5 inches), its five 
LEDs let you gauge signal functionality at a 
glance, and the Service Set ID (SSID) num- 
ber required to set up a wireless network is 
printed on the bottom of the access point 
for easy access. 

Setting up a two-computer network, com- 
prising a desktop PC with the NetBlaster II 
PCI adapter and a notebook with the PC Card 
adapter, proved easier than the setup for any 
other wireless system to date. The manual was 
useful, and once you've installed the drivers, 
launching the setup program brings up a help- 
ful wizard that explains the choices you must 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ make and where 

to find the data 
you need. 



EDITORS' RATING 7.8 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 8 

FEATURES 8 

INSTALLATION 7 

VALUE 8 

Good setup wizard; helpful 
documentation; PCI card 

has wired antenna for greater 

signal strength 

Competitive pricing, but 
somewhat expensive 



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Pricing for additional NetBlaster II 
components is competitive, but, like 
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$249.99 for an access point, $169.99 
for a PC Card adapter, and $199.99 for 
a PCI adapter. If you're going to 
splurge on a wireless networking kit, 
though, the SOHOware NetBlaster II 
Wireless Network Kit Combo Version 
stands out sufficiently from the rest to 
merit our strong recommendation. 

— Neil Randall 



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UT A LITTLE SWAGGER IN YOUR STEP: HEWLETT-PACKARD'S NEW $2,199 
Pavilion n5470, the first notebook to hit the street with the new mobile AMD Athlon 
4 processor, is packed with plenty of goodies. Its performance is on a level with other 
1GHz notebooks running Windows Me, delivering more than enough computing power for 
most mobile users' needs. In addition, the n5470 comes with multimedia options galore, all 
wrapped up in a hardy, attractive case. 

Inside the three-spindle notebook you'll find a 20GB hard drive, a floppy drive, and a 
combination DVD-ROM /CD-RW all present in the system simultaneously, as well as 
256MB of RAM. The case is sleek, with a silver cover and a roomy 15.1 -inch screen 
under the lid. On the heavy side at 7.8 pounds, the n5470 is fine for the occasional trip, 
but frequent travelers may want to look elsewhere. 

The Athlon 4 takes 
a step up from Intel's 
SpeedStep power man- 
agement with AMD's 
PowerNow Like 
SpeedStep, PowerNow 
has a battery-optimized 
mode and a perfor- 
mance-optimized 
mode; unlike 
SpeedStep, it provides 
an intermediate setting 
that dynamically selects 
the best combination of 
battery life and perfor- 
mance from among 26 
different settings. We 
set it to the intermedi- 
ate mode for our 
BatteryMark test, and it 
ran for 2 hours and 5 1 
minutes, not a bad time ™ 
for a notebook with a 

15.1 -inch screen. Still, considering the n5470's 
brawny size (1.7 inches by 13.5 inches by 10.9 
inches), we wish HP had included a bigger, 
longer-running battery. 

Performance on our Internet Content 
Creation and Office Productivity tests 
matched that of other 1 GHz notebooks run- 
ning Windows Me, making the n5470 fast 
enough to be a solid desktop replacement. 
Don't expect any wonders in the 3D realm, 
however; the n5470 uses a ho-hum Trident 
CyberBlade XP graphics chip and 8MB of 
graphics memory. The graphics subsystem is 
sufficient for running business apps, but the 
gamer in you should know that we put the 
n5470 into high-power mode, and it pumped 
out only 14 frames per second on our Quake 



III Arena test. 

The system has a small LCD status panel 
on the front edge along with an array of 
multimedia buttons, including a volume con- 
trol. A separate multimedia power button 
allows you to play CDs without having to 
turn on the notebook. Using the multimedia 
button to play discs can save precious battery 
life; it's one of our favorite features of the 
Pavilion series. 

We dropped in our This Is Spinal Tap 
DVD, and those spandex-clad boys looked 
sharp during full-screen playback with only 
an occasional glitch. Don't be fooled, howev- 
er, by the Polk Audio logo; the speakers don't 
play especially loud and are no better sound- 
ing than those found in your average note- 







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Reasonably priced; big, bright 
1 5.1 -inch screen; Athlon 4 is 
speedy and has three power settings 

Gets hot underneath; heavy; 
poky 3D performance 



DIRECT PRICE: $2,199 



as tested: 1GHz Mobile 
AMD Athlon 4; 256MB 100MHz 
SDRAM; 20GB hard drive; com- 
bination DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive 
(4x/4x/24x CD, 6x DVD); Trident 
CyberBlade XP graphics controller 
with 8MB video RAM; 15.1 -inch 
TFT XGA LCD; integrated sound 
codec; twin integrated stereo 
speakers; integrated V.90 
modem; integrated 10/100mbps 
RJ-45 Ethernet jack; Windows 
Me; Microsoft Works 6.0; 
additional software 
company: Hewlett-Packard 
Palo Alto, CA 

800-752-0900, 970-635-1000 
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book. The speakers in 
Compaq's Presario 
line are the ones to 
beat. You can also 
burn your own discs 
on the road using the 
included Roxio 
Easy CD Creator 
software. 

The n5470 may be 
heavy to drag around, 
but it delivers a com- 
fortable computing 
experience when 
you're sitting in front 
of it. The keyboard is 
far from cramped, 
with four quick- 
launch buttons and a 
sleep button at the 

top. The only 
|| people who 
will be disap- 
pointed by the 
layout are 
pointing-stick 
aficionados — 
the n5470 only 
has a touch 

pad. The cursor-pause button just 
above the touch screen is handy 
when you're furiously typing and 
don't want your busy hands to acci- 
dentally move the cursor around on 
the screen. 

Unfortunately, the heat problem 
found in earlier Pavilion models 
popped up again in the n5470, with 
the bottom of the notebook getting 
very hot. The excess heat isn't a prob- 
lem if you plan to use the n5470 on a 
desk, but if it's in your lap you'd bet- 
ter be wearing something more than 
thin suit pants. 

The support HP offers on the Pavilion is 
acceptable, though not stellar. A one-year 
parts-and-labor warranty comes standard; 
upgrading to two or three years costs $99 or 
$179, respectively. The Pavilion n5470 also 
comes bundled with Microsoft Works 6.0 
and Money 2001 — good enough for casual 
productivity use, but no substitute for 
Microsoft's full Office suite for users who 
need its power. 

The HP Pavilion n5470 is a peppy per- 
former for a reasonable price. If you need a 
desktop replacement with a little style, a lot 
of entertainment options, and strong 2D- 
graphics performance, the n5470 is your 
machine. —Matt Elliott 



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LOOKING AT THE $3,399, 4.1 -POUND NEC VERSA TXI, YOUR FIRST 
thought has to be: What's the catch? This slim, two-spindle notebook, targeted 
at highly mobile executives, wins kudos for its forward-thinking design, light 
weight, and gorgeous appearance. But something's got to give to make this dainty box 
possible, and that something is battery life — and, to a lesser extent, overall performance. 
Nonetheless, business travelers care most about weight and usability, and in these areas, 
the Versa shines. 

Take one look at the Versa, and you'll fall in love. No notebook yet may look as 
good as Apple's titanium-cased PowerBook G4, but the Versa comes close. An all-over 
matte-silver finish and simple lines give this notebook a futuristic but elegant appear- 
ance. The streamlining extends to the unit's features, with the Versa eschewing most 
legacy ports in favor of 
cutting-edge connectivity. 
You'll find an IEEE 1394 
(Fire Wire) port, a space- 
saving proprietary printer 
connector, a miniature 
TV-out port, and three 
USB ports. Plus, the 
headphone jack doubles 
as an S/ PDIF digital- 
audio port. 

Who bothers with a 
floppy drive these days? 
No self-respecting 
technophile, that's for 
sure. The Versa comes 
with an external floppy 
drive that you can con- 
nect via USB — for emer- 
gencies, of course. But 
our model also shipped 
with a hot-swappable 
DVD-ROM /CD-RW 
combo drive in its single 
multimedia bay. Built-in 
modem and Ethernet ports come stan- 
dard, as do dual stacked PC Card slots. 
NEC has even included some infrastruc- 
ture for Bluetooth capability. The system 
lacks a docking-station option, however. 

We do wish the notebook's screen 
were larger. The 12.1 -inch unit inside this 
model certainly looks great playing back 
DVDs and provides a clear overall picture, 
but the rather thick bezel suggests NEC 
might have fit a 13.3-inch screen instead. 
Application performance was on target for 
a 750MHz Pentium III notebook, thanks 
in large part to a fast hard drive. The per- 
formance of the Versa's ATI Rage 



Mobility-Mi chipset is average, but we 
were unable to run our Quake III Arena 
3D-gaming test at all. Also, the Versa's 
tiny three-cell, l,900mAh battery lasted a 
mere 90 minutes per charge in anecdotal 
testing. (We were unable to generate 
official BatteryMark measurements.) 

NEC offers two optional accessory bat- 
teries to mitigate this poor longevity 
showing. A six-cell battery can be popped 
into the VersaBay, or a 15-cell Maximum- 
Life battery can be used in place of the 
standard battery. The VersaBay battery 
can be used with either of the other bat- 
teries. Keep in mind that the VersaBay 



EDITORS' RATING 6.8 






RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 8 

EASE OF USE 6 

FEATURES 8 

PERFORMANCE 5 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

VALUE 6 

Three-year warranty; gor- 
geous looks; legacy ports 

left off in favor of new connectivity 

options; light weight 

High price; anemic battery 
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Pentium III; 128MB 100MHz 
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Rage Mobility-M1 graphics con- 
troller with 8MB VRAM; 12.1- 
inch XGA LCD; ESS Allegro- 1 
PCI audio accelerator; twin inte- 
grated stereo speakers; integrat- 
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battery costs $179, 
and the Maximum- 
Life battery a hefty 
$399 — pricey extras 
for an already pricey 
notebook. 

Even though per- 
formance flags a bit, 
usability remains 
high. The full-size 
keyboard isn't the 
best we've encoun- 
tered, but it does 
have a firm, sturdy 
overall feel. Some of 
the keys themselves 
could have been bet- 
ter designed, espe- 
cially the tiny Tab 
key and the slim 
Backspace 
key. The 
fully pro- 
grammable 
touch pad 
works well, 
however, as 
do its two 
actuation 

buttons and the well-designed cen- 
tral scroll control. Six nonpro- 
grammable buttons above the key- 
board control audio CDs and give 
one-touch access to the Internet 
and e-mail. 

Just as NEC giveth with a 
three-year parts-and-labor warran- 
ty on this system, it taketh away 
with the scanty software bundle. 
You do get some useful utilities, 
including PartitionMagic Special 
Edition, as well as thorough docu- 
mentation, but no productivity 
suite. (Admittedly, the lack of a 
suite is a minor issue for the cor- 
porate market.) Also, the Jet-Audio DVD- 
controller software looks robust, but in 
practice it's difficult to use. Our test sys- 
tem arrived with Windows 2000 prein- 
stalled; Windows 98 Second Edition is also 
available. 

With the NEC Versa TXi, the positives 
outweigh the negatives two to one — that 
is, if the high price isn't too hard to swal- 
low. This classy carry-on is a study in 
restraint, both in aesthetics and features. 
Just be sure to purchase at least one of the 
optional batteries to make sure this note- 
book runs as long as your flight does. 

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OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE VENERABLE THINKPAD LINE OF 
notebooks from IBM has maintained a consistent level of both usability and 
design. The trademark matte-black, rubberized lid and industry-leading keyboard 
still remain the ThinkPad's calling cards. But so does the high price. At $3,558, the two- 
spindle ThinkPad T22 is the latest incarnation of this formula: It's speedy and easy to use, 
and looks just like ThinkPads have for several generations. But it's also expensive. 
Corporate fleets and traveling business pros should consider this warhorse carefully, but 
budget-conscious consumers may want to pass it by. 

The 5.3-pound T22 measures a svelte 1.5 inches thick and features a single swap bay 
that accommodates hot-swappable floppy and optical drives. Our evaluation unit shipped 
with a DVD-ROM /CD-RW combo drive to match its speedy 1GHz Pentium III processor 
and big 32GB hard 
drive. Hard drive 
performance for 
this 5,41 lrpm 
model was the 
fastest we've ever 
seen in a notebook, 
which, when paired 
with the T22's high- ■ 
speed processor, 
helped the unit 
deliver the best 
scores on our appli- 
cation-productivity 
test suite of any 
notebook to date. 

The T22 also 
delivered speedy 
2D-graphics perfor- 
mance (8MB of 
dedicated SGRAM 
is included), 
although we've test- 
ed at least one faster 850MHz system. 
Gamers should shun the T22 because of its 
woefully low frame rates on our Quake III 
Arena test. Nonetheless, DVD playback 
looked smooth on the model's 14-inch TFT 
screen, even if the S3 Savage/ IX graphics 
subsystem delivered a slightly pixelated 
image overall. Refreshingly, the T22's 
3,600mAh lithium-ion battery delivered 
almost 4 hours of life on a single charge, so 
you can actually watch two (short) movies 
on that coast-to-coast flight. 

This notebook uses standard SODIMM 
modules for memory and has two memory 
sockets. One was occupied by a 128MB 
memory module, so even though the T22 
supports up to 512MB of RAM, you'll only 



be able to reach 384MB by using a 256MB 
module in the single open memory sock- 
et — unless you're willing to replace the 
128MB module already in place. It's a 
minor point now, but you may want the 
full complement of memory at some point 
over the lifetime of the unit. 

Despite the T22's thin-and-light profile, 
it remains eminently usable thanks to its 
wonderfully bright display and the 
ThinkPad's top-notch keyboard. Full-size 
and well-situated Backspace and Tab keys 
make its key layout ideal, and travel and 
resistance mimic those of a standard desk- 
top keyboard. The programmable pointing 
stick appeals primarily to the anti-touch- 
pad set, but we couldn't get the stick's 



EDITORS' RATING 7.0 



RATED 1 TO 10 
DESIGN 


7 


EASE OF USE 

FEATURES 


7 
7 


PERFORMANCE 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 

VALUE .. 


7 
8 




■I Slim and light; swift business 
LLJ performance; comfortable 
keyboard; long battery life 




Pricey; single USB port; poor 
3D-gaming performance 



DIRECT PRICE: $3,558 



as tested: 1 GHz Pentium 
III; 128MB 100MHz SDRAM; 
32GB hard drive; DVD-ROM/CD- 
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8x DVD); S3 Savage/IX graphics 
controller with 8MB video RAM; 
14.1-inchSXGALCD; integrated 
sound codec; twin integrated 
stereo speakers; integrated V.90 
modem; integrated 10/100mbps 
Ethernet; Windows 2000 

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Press-to-Select func- 
tion to work proper- 
ly. Also, the perfor- 
mance of the addi- 
tional scrolling but- 
ton, located beneath 
the right- and left- 
click actuation but- 
tons at the center of 
the wrist rest, failed 
to impress us, 
because onscreen 
scrolling was simply 
too slow. If you're 
going to be doing a 
lot of Web surfing 
on your business 
trips with this 
machine, you'll want 
to take along a 

mouse and 
mouse pad. 

While 
the screen 
looked 
great from 
all angles, 

its native 1,400-by- 1,050-pixel res- 
olution results in icons and text 
that most users will find too 
small. A full complement of 
ports, including an S-Video-out 
connector, dual PC Card slots, 
and modem and Ethernet ports, 
ensures easy connectivity An 
expansion port on the underside 
of the unit allows you to connect 
the T22 to the $529 optional 
docking station. (A $179 port 
replicator is available with all the 
ports of the docking station, 
minus one USB port, the twin PC 
Card slots, and the UltraBay) We 
were disappointed, however, that the note- 
book itself had only a single USB port. 

IBM backs its ThinkPads with a standard 
three-year parts-and-labor warranty, which 
you can upgrade to two years of onsite cov- 
erage for $98 or three years of onsite service 
for $147. Although our evaluation unit did 
not have a productivity suite installed, IBM 
will bundle Lotus SmartSuite Millennium 
Edition with shipping versions of the T22. 

The T22 continues the tradition of 
solidly built, easy-to-use IBM ThinkPads. 
Highly mobile business users and corporate 
IT managers will like this light-on-its-feet, 
well-designed notebook — if they have 
room in their budgets for the expenditure. 

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AT THE RATE MP3 PLAYERS ARE SHRINKING, YOU 
might wonder if you should just skip a generation and 
wait for the implantable models they'll inject into your 
earlobe. If you can t wait for that, however, Panasonic's $399.95 
SV-SD75 e-Wear SD Audio Player will do — it's no bigger than a 
four-pack of AAA batteries. 

The "SD" in the name stands for ^^^^^^^^^^^ 

"Secure Digital." Music is stored in an 
encrypted format on the cards, with the 
bundled Realjukebox software performing 
transcoding duties. Still, we had no prob- 
lems copying over to the player MP3 files 
we'd recorded ourselves or downloaded 
from the Internet. 

To keep the unit secured to your body, 
Panasonic includes an armband, a belt 
clip, and a neck strap. The SV-SD75 also 
comes with earphones that attach to your 
ears with a creepy, claw-like action. They 
sound better than ear-bud phones, but we 
couldn't get used to their odd feel. 1 




Audio quality is good overall and quite 
loud. To add or delete songs, you remove 
the unit's 64MB SD card and place it in the 
included external USB reader. You must use 
Realjukebox to manage and download SD 
music, but we transferred and played MP3 
files ripped by other software with no 
problem. Transfer times were slow: It took 
more than 2 minutes to transfer our three 
test files (around 11MB of data). And the 
SV-SD75 only supports Windows 98 and 
Me, so Windows 2000 and Mac users are 
out of luck. 

A three-position dial lets you switch 
between normal, mode-change, and hold set- 
tings. Forward, reverse, 
and play buttons are 
used for navigation, and 
up and down buttons 



EDITORS' RATING 7.3 



RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 9 

EASE OF USE 9 

FEATURES 7 

PERFORMANCE 6 

SOUND QUALITY 8 

VALUE 5 

EVery small and light; 
excellent audio quaYrty, 
loaded with accessories 

Pricey; slow file transfers; 
files stored in encrypted 
format on SD cards 



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control volume. 

The player runs 5 to 6 hours off a single 
AAA battery. A rechargeable nickel metal- 
hydride AAA battery and charger are includ- 
ed, but you can also use standard alkalines. 

Future updates to the Secure Digital format 
could make transferring legacy MP3s to the 
device a problem, but the Panasonic SV-SD75 
e-Wear SD Audio Player is small on gimmicks 
and size, unbelievably lightweight, and sounds 
great to boot. —Denny Atkin 



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thinner, but the $349.99 HandEra 330 forgoes sex 
appeal in favor of significant innovations. Resembling 

a chrome version of the discontinued Palm IIIx, the HandEra 330 

offers a better, more flexible display and interface than the other 

Palm OS devices on the market. 

The most visible innovation is the 240-by-320-pixel gray-scale 

LCD, which displays roughly three ^^^^^ 

times as many pixels as the screens i^^^ ^am \ 

in other gray-scale Palm-based hand- 

helds. Applications developed for the 

HandEra 330 can rotate between 

portrait and landscape modes, which 

enables you to see, for instance, 

more spreadsheet columns. 

The included Microsoft-compati- 
ble spreadsheet and word processor 

support the ability to rotate ^-r^ Q 

onscreen content, but the built-in g^ ^ 

personal information management 

(PIM) applications do not. Still, the 

crisp image, combined with the rota- 




tion feature, makes the HandEra 330 the 
easiest- to- view handheld we've seen for 
applications that don't require color. 

Like a Pocket PC, the unit comes with a 
voice-recording application and built-in 
microphone and speaker. With both a 
CompactFlash slot and a Secure Digital slot, 
the HandEra 330 is more expandable than 
most handhelds, so a vast array of add-ons 
will work with the device. 

By using four AAA batteries, the 
HandEra 330 has twice the battery life of 
its competitors; a rechargeable battery and 
charger will be available by the time you 
read this for about $75. Remarkably, the 

device weighs only 5.9 
ounces, including batteries, 
mostly because the screen 
that so beautifully displays 
text weighs less than 
other handheld screens, 
according to HandEra. 



EDITORS' RATING I 7.8) 



RATED I TO 10 

APPLICATIONS 8 

DESIGN 7 

EASE OF USE 8 

PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 7 

Crisp display; long battery 
lite; landscape and portrait 
modes; voice recording; Compact- 
Flash slot; Secure Digital slot 

Serial connection 




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Dragonball VZ processor; 8MB 
RAM; 2MB ROM; 3.25-inch FSTN 
240-by-320 gray-scale display; 
integrated speaker and micro- 
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Our only complaint 
about the HandEra 330 is that it uses a slow seri- 
al connection for its docking cradle. But because 
this innovative handheld is easier to use, more 
expandable, and costs about $50 less than the 
competing Palm m500 and Handspring Visor 
Edge, it's a compelling choice indeed. 

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THE $149 3COM WIRELESS BLUETOOTH PC CARD 
demonstrates Bluetooth technology's promise of a wireless, 
connected world. The PC Card device lets you communi- 
cate with other Bluetooth 1.1 products, including PDAs, printers, dig- 
ital cameras, network hubs, and other Bluetooth-enabled computers. 

Install the included software, slide the PC Card into a free slot, 
reboot, and you're done with setup. Using 
its flip-up antenna, the card then scans its 
surroundings for other Bluetooth-enabled 
devices. If it finds another Bluetooth 
device, such as another notebook, it creates 
a device icon within your Connection 
Manager interface. We found this interface 
intuitive to use — once the notebook icon 
appears, you can just click on it to beam 
files back and forth between the two 
devices. 

The 3Com card offers three levels of 
security. The lowest level lets you receive 
anything being sent to you, though you still 
have to choose to accept the file. At the 




medium setting, anyone who sends you a file 
needs to know your password. The top level 
of security makes you invisible to all other 
Bluetooth devices. 

Note one caveat about Bluetooth: It's slow, 
with maximum throughput of less than 
lmbps. That's sufficient for transferring docu- 
ments but not large multimedia files. Plus, 
Bluetooth shares the same frequency as some 
wireless phones (2.4GHz); whenever such a 
phone gets near the Bluetooth module while 
it's sending a file, your data transfer slows or 
stops altogether. 

File transfer isn't the only Bluetooth 
application. You can establish a dial-up 

connection to the 
Internet, or send print 
jobs directly to a 
Bluetooth-enabled 
printer without cables 



EDITORS' RATING 7.2 




RATED I TO 10 

DESIGN 8 

FEATURES 7 

INSTALLATION.. 8 

PERFORMANCE 6 

VALUE 7 

Easy to install and configure; 
intuitive connection manager; 
compact flip-up antenna 

Slow data-transfer rates; 

wireless phones can interfere 
with data transfer; lack of other 
Bluetooth-capable products 



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or configuration. And with a Bluetooth 
LAN hub in close proximity, you can quickly 
check e-mail anywhere in your office. 

None of these Bluetooth products exists 
today, though many are in the works. More 
than 1,300 vendors have signed up with the 
Bluetooth consortium to develop products. 
For now, we finally have a great proof of con- 
cept in 3Com's Wireless Bluetooth PC Card. 

—Rick Popko 



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AT FIRST GLANCE, MOTOROLA'S $199 V100 
Personal Communicator looks like a two-way pager with 
wireless e-mail and voice capabilities. But the VI 00 isn't a 
true wireless e-mail device; it's a full-featured phone with an ample 
screen and a built-in keyboard that lets you send and receive Short 
Message Service (SMS) messages. 

The VI 00 has a clamshell design, and comes in translucent blue 

or lime green. Open it up, and 

you'll find a six-line screen and an 
illuminated keyboard. The 3.5-by- 
2. 75 -by- 1 -inch unit weighs 4 
ounces. 

To talk on the VI 00, you use an 
ear-bud-style headset that has a 
microphone built into its cord. The 
VI 00 has a wide array of phone 
features, including voice-dialing 
capabilities, a 350-entry phone- 
book, three-way calling, and a 
recorder function. Eleven ring 
tones are available, as well as a 
vibrate mode. 

On the downside, you can't 




sync the device with your desktop PC, so 
you have to enter your contacts manually. 
But an even bigger limitation is the device's 
lack of true e-mail functionality. You can 
send e-mail from the VI 00, but it's done 
using SMS, so messages are limited to 160 
characters. Also, you can't have your exist- 
ing e-mail forwarded to the device. Sending 
messages was quick and clean, but we had 
trouble clearing previous notes before 
sending others. 

We tested the GSM 1900 phone using 
VoiceStream's service in New York and 
consistently got clear call quality. The 

phone is rated for 
2 hours of talk time 
and 125 hours of 
standby time on 



EDITORS' RATING 6.0 




RATED I TO 10 

ACCESSORIES 5 

BATTERY LIFE/CHARGE TIME 6 

FEATURES 7 

LOOK AND FEEL 7 

VALUE 5 

Good mix of phone features; 
clear call quality 

Messages limited to 160 
characters; e-mail can't be 
forwarded to the device 



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each battery charge, but we managed to 
surpass the talk-time number by about 20 
minutes and matched the standby time. 

The Motorola VI 00 Personal Com- 
municator is a capable product, but we 
wish the wireless Web and SMS functions 
were better integrated. For the time 
being, if you're looking for a cell-phone/ 
messaging solution, you're probably bet- 
ter off going with Motorola's Talkabout 
T900 2way and an inexpensive Web- 
enabled cell phone. —Kevin Hogan 



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reissued the product for $99.95 as version 2.0. The strongest 
aspects of the original version remain, with enough special features 
to justify a $20 price increase. 

You could easily confuse PCsync for its older sibling, LapLink. 
Both products enable file transfer 
between two computers through 
serial, parallel, or USB connections 
(Cables for all three are included.) 
Both products display your files, 
folders, and connection status in 
slick, multiwindowed interfaces, 
and both make it surprisingly easy 
to manage files on two computers 
at the same time. But at about $70 
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access to your files via the Internet using any 
computer with a browser. We found viewing 
and transferring files quick and easy in 
Internet Explorer 5.0, even over a dial-up con- 
nection and without adding plug-ins or in any 
other way modifying the remote computer. 

The new version also improves the 
process of creating a set of floppy disks for 
installing the product on a laptop without a 
CD-ROM drive. But it still lacks the kind of 
push-installation routine that LapLink offers, 
which makes the floppies unnecessary. 

One extra in the package is MusicMover, 
an MP3 organizer that not only allows you to 

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(BOXED VERSION); 

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REQUIRES: 32MB RAM; 
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PCMover that transfers some of the basic set- 
tings from your old computer when you buy 
a new one. 

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on PCsync 2.0 a worthwhile investment. 

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WITH THE RELEASE OF ITS $999 FINAL CUT PRO 2 
video-editing software, Apple acknowledges that its tar- 
get market has grown well beyond consumers to 
include video and film professionals. The list of added 
features in this superb new version is impossible to do justice to 
here; what follows are the highlights. 

Installation is easier than setting up an iMac's Internet connec- 
tion. You can, of course, dig deeper into the video, audio, compres- 
sion, device-control, and other 
settings to suit your needs. 

Once you're up and running, 
Final Cut Pro 2 is noticeably faster 
than earlier versions; Apple claims 
general speed improvements of 30 
to 70 percent compared with simi- 
lar configurations running Final 
Cut Pro 1.2.5. Overall, the pro- 
gram feels snappier, and scrubbing 
through the timeline is smooth. 

New features such as the 
Media Manager put Final Cut 
more on a level with professional 




editing systems. You can delete both unused 
media and the unused parts of clips, saving 
enormous amounts of disk space. Reconnect 
Media, the new version of Relink Media, is 
much smarter, letting you find clips by name. 
This feature can also connect new media to 
replace media already in the timeline. The 
Browser now functions more like a Finder 
window, with color-label capability and date 
and time information. Finally, the new Cut- 
ting Station mode, which pros will appreciate, 
streamlines the program and enables it to 
produce edit decision lists (EDLs) that are 
reliably readable by other editing systems. 

Editors at all levels will welcome the addi- 
tions to Final Cut's titling capabilities, such as 

the text generators that pro- 
duce animated scrolling, 
crawling, and "type-on" 
effects, the last which mimics 
a typewriter hammering let- 
ters onto your screen. They'll 
also appreciate the hefty user 



EDITORS' RATING 8.6 





RATED I TO 10 

FEATURES 8 

LOOK AND FEEL 9 

PERFORMANCE 8 

USABILITY 9 

VALUE 9 

Exceedingly capable tor the 
price; real-time transitions, 

effects, and transparency control; 

easy to configure; attractive new 

titling features 

Projects to be output via 
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) must 

still be rendered using Apple's DV 

codec 



DIRECT PRICE: $999 

(FULL VERSION); $249 

(UPGRADE) 



requires: 300MHz or faster 
Macintosh G3 or G4; 192MB 
RAM; QuickTime 5.0 or later; Mac 
OS 9.1 or later 

company-. Apple Computer 
Cupertino, CA 

800-692-7753,408-996-1010 
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manual, a clearly written 
compendium on digital moviemaking. 

Final Cut Pro 2 is a hugely capable program fea- 
turing major improvements. It's the smartest video- 
editing program available for less than $10,000, and, 
at one-tenth that price, an incredible value. 

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packager and Windows competitor by releasing high- 
quality products with lots of extra features and plenty of 
professional sheen. This strategy is clear in the company's Linux 
7.1 line, available in standard ($39.95), Deluxe Workstation 
($79.95), and Professional Server ($179.95) versions. Each package 
includes the same version of the operating system; the differences 
lie in the bundled software and 
support services. 

All 7.1 versions are built on the 
Linux 2.4 kernel, which improves 
handling of virtual memory, phys- 
ical RAM, and networking over 
previous versions. Linux 7. 1 sup- 
ports USB devices, provides both 
the GNOME and KDE graphical 
desktop environments, and offers 
increased security. Deluxe 
Workstation, the bundle we 
looked at, includes the full ver- 
sions of StarOfhce 5.2, the Mimer 




SQL 8.2 database manager, GlueCode's 
InSight Portal Server 1.0 for developing Web 
portals, a healthy list of trial and demo ver- 
sions of applications, and hordes of utilities in 
its PowerTools collection. 

For Windows users, installation is the 
major concern, and here Deluxe Workstation 
excels. Red Hat helps by including well- 
written and informative explanations in the 
onscreen windows. You get helpful explana- 
tions of disk partitioning, and are told what 
to do when confronted with choices such as 
how to install Linux Loader (LILO), Linux's 
standard boot manager. 

You can opt for a partitionless install, 
which lets you run Linux from within a 

Windows file-allocation-table 
(FAT) partition. This method 
lets you discover Linux without 
working with partitions. You 
can also let Linux 7. 1 take care 
of the partitions automatically 

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text; offers partition -free 
installation; strong and usable 
GNOME interface; large number 
of applications included; Linux 
2.4 kernel more robust and full- 
featured than previous version 

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DIRECT PRICE: S79.95 



REQUIRES: Intel x86- 
compatible processor; 64MB 
RAM recommended; 650MB 
hard drive space (1 .2GB recom- 
mended); versions available for 
Alpha and Itanium 
company: Red Hat 
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started with Linux or develop a small professional 
network of Linux clients, Red Hat Linux 7. 1 Deluxe 
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ITS EASY TO DEVELOP A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP 
with Sonic Foundry's Siren Jukebox 2.0. For certain, Siren has 
plenty of endearing traits. It supports a wide range of file for- 
mats, including the new Ogg Vorbis (OGG), an open-source MP3 
alternative, and Perfect Clarity Audio (PC A), a lossless, highly com- 
pressible alternative to WAV. Plus, it lets you rip directly to WAV 
files, write hundreds of MP3 files to a single CD using the pro- 
gram's data-CD-burning 
option, and print your own 
CD labels and jewel-case 
covers that automatically 
incorporate your playlists. 
On the downside, Siren 
isn't cheap; direct from Sonic 
Foundry, it costs $39.96 boxed 
or $34.97 as a download. Also, 
it's copy-protected, so you 
won't be able to run it on 
both your desktop and 
notebook. 

Still, you get a robust pro- 
gram for the money. Unlike 




many jukebox programs, Siren has no attach- 
able modules or tiny controls in sight — it 
looks and feels like a full-fledged Windows 
application. Even Siren's compact mode intel- 
ligently lays out the essential controls with 
buttons, dials, and pull-down menus that 
make sense. 

Audio tweakers will like Siren's large 
array of powerful audio effects, including a 
16-band graphic equalizer with prepro- 
grammed settings for classical, dance, jazz, 
and pop music. Add an ambient effect with 
the built-in reverb control, or slow down 
and speed up playback with the time-stretch 
effect. You can encode to both MP3 and 

Windows Media formats, 
and save the results to 
your hard drive, CD 
recorder, or Sonicblue Rio 
or Creative Nomad 
portable player at bit rates 
as high as 320kbps. 



EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



RATED I TO 10 

COMPATIBILITY 7 

DESIGN 8 

EASE OF USE 8 

FEATURES 8 

PERFORMANCE 6 

VALUE 6 

Well -designed interface; 

reverb and time-stretch 
effects; 1 6-band graphic 
equalizer; support for good 
number of file types 

Pricey; copy-protected 



DIRECT PRICE: $39.96 

(BOXED); S34.97 

(DOWNLOAD) 



REQUIRES: 300MHz or 

faster Pentium-class processor; 

64MB RAM; Windows 98, Me, or 

2000 

company: Sonic Foundry 

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also restricts your Windows Media encodings 
to 96kbps, doesn't allow CD burning, and 
doesn't include the audio effects. Despite the 
restrictions, it's well-worth checking out before 
shelling out for the full Siren Jukebox 2.0. 

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son-shopping sites have become so popular. Copernic 
Shopper Plus, a $29.95 front-end application, helps you compari- 
son-shop for everything from books and computer hardware to 
office supplies and pet products. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to 
the standards set by similar 
Web-based tools. 

To search for a product, 
specify a name or keywords, 
and the software fetches cur- 
rent pricing from any number 
of vendors. It also provides 
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gories the software overlooks viable outlets. 
We shopped for a Palm m505 handheld, and 
Copernic found 10 vendors that carried it. 
The lowest price was $439.99. The same 
search on a Web-based price-comparison 
site yielded dozens of vendors and a low 
price of $379. 

Inexplicably, Copernic lists shipping costs 
for some products but not others. It doesn't 
let you browse; instead, it limits you to key- 
word searches you can't narrow. Shop for a 
Sony Cyber-shot camera, and you'll also get 

results for accessories 

such as batteries and car- 
rying cases — stuff that 
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EASE OF USE 5 

FEATURES 4 

PERFORMANCE 5 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

VALUE 2 

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provides product tracking 
via e-mail 

Not free; doesn't let you 
browse for products or nar- 
row searches; culls a relatively 
small number of Web vendors; 
doesn't always find the lowest 
prices 



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and the software is often slow to download 
prices, even over a broadband connection. 
In short, there's little reason to pay for 
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books, National Public Radio, or The Wall Street 
Journal, pay a visit to Audible.com. The service 
offers more than 30,000 hours of downloadable content, includ 
ing books, lectures, radio programs, and newspapers. The selec 
tion is outstanding, but Audible technology has limitations. 

You can purchase 
Audible content piece- 
meal. Fiction and nonfic- 
tion titles cost about 60 
percent less than their cas- 
sette-tape counterparts. 
You can also sign up for 
one of two Audible- 
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$12.95 per month for one 
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dozen portable devices, including Sonicblue 
Rio and Digisette MP3 players, Pocket PC 
handhelds, and the Franklin eBookMan. If 
you already own an MP3 player that's not on 
the list, you're out of luck — unless you stay 
chained to your PC, where you can listen to 
streaming audio. Because Audible content is 
encrypted, you can't simply download it as a 
WAV file or burn it to a CD. 

You'll also likely find Audible 's five audio 
formats, each bearing a different sound 
quality and file size, confusing. Not all con- 
tent is available in all 
formats, and most 
portable players sup- 
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and specialized programs; 
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purchases in multiple formats 

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of portable devices; con- 
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and have the patience to deal with the confus- 
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BALDUR'SGATEII: 
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EDITORS' RATING I 8.7 



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original in every respect. Tighter pacing, a 




better story, and an even greater attention 
to detail made Baldur's Gate II the best 
role-playing game released in 2000 by 
far. Now, the series draws to a bittersweet 
close with the release of Baldur's Gate II: 
Throne of Bhaal, the sequel's official 
expansion pack. Billed as the final chapter 
in the Baldur's Gate storyline, this full-size 
game lives up to the standards set by its 
overachieving predecessors. 

Unlike many expansion packs, Throne 
of Bhaal is quite substantial. It takes at 
least 30 hours to finish, and it packs 
more than enough new features and con- 
tent to encourage you to play through it 



multiple times. Specifically, it appends 
three additional chapters of gameplay 
onto the seven chapters of Baldur's Gate 
II. In addition, it lets you venture into 
Watcher's Keep, a dangerous high-level 
dungeon, and allows all character classes 
to access certain high-level skills that 
make them extraordinarily powerful. 

If you've followed the Baldur's Gate 
series since its inception, you should be 
especially pleased with Throne of Bhaal. 
Its overall quality and consistently 
rewarding and interesting gameplay top 
even the excellent Baldur's Gate II. But, 
most important, it gives a satisfying 
sense of closure to the story of this 
beloved role-playing series. 

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EDITORS' RATING 5.8 



If you expect a polished product out of 
the box (and you probably should), 
World War II Online: Blitzkrieg is definite- 
ly not for you. On the other hand, if 
you're dissatisfied with other massive, 
multiplayer online games, and you don't 
mind downloading 70MB patches, por- 
ing over help files, and enduring occa- 
sional system crashes, then WWII Online 
has a lot to offer. Seriously. 



For fans of Team 17's venerable Worms series of lighthearted, turn-based strate- 
gy games, Worms World Party will undoubtedly be something of a mixed bless- 
ing. It's clearly the best Worms game yet, containing all the great features found in its 
three predecessors, as well as several new options and modes, including cooperative 
multiplayer missions. Still, these 
new features are only incremental 
changes in a formula that's nearly 
six years old. Players expecting a 
significantly different Worms experi- 
ence are likely to be disappointed. 
The basic premise of Worms 
World Party is the same as that of 
the other three Worms games: You 
control a team of weapon-toting 

worms, taking turns squaring off c y 

against groups of human- or com- 
puter-controlled annelids on any number of outrageous maps. Each worm is given a 
set amount of time to complete a series of actions, which typically include moving 
across the map to the optimum attacking location, executing the attack, and then 
retreating into relative safety. Worms are eliminated when you deplete their hit points 
or knock them into the water. The weapons range from relatively simple small arms 
such as shotguns and rocket launchers to truly over-the-top devices such as explod- 
ing sheep and napalm air strikes. When all the opposing teams' worms have been 
killed, you're declared the winner. 

It's a shame Titus Software is forcing Worms fans to pay stand-alone prices for 
what could easily have been an expansion pack. Those who have never played a 
Worms game will thoroughly enjoy Worms World Party, but if you're looking for a true 
Worms sequel, you'll have to keep waiting. —Amer Ajami 

(Titus Software; $29.99 SHOD www.titusgames.com) 




The game's premise is straightfor- 
ward but very ambitious: It lets you fight 
in a fully 3D online WWII universe as a 
tank commander, fighter/bomber pilot, 
antitank gunner, or infantry trooper, par- 
ticipating in an ongoing campaign where 
your victories or failures directly influ- 
ence a wider war. It's a stunningly 



DIABLO II EXPANSION SET: LORD OF DESTRUCTION 

Just for the Hell of It 



EDITORS' RATING I 8.2 



nterest in Diablo II shows no sign of waning, and the 
_ release of Lord of Destruction should amplify it even fur- 
ther. This expansion pack for Diablo II adds two character 
classes and scores of other refinements 



that not only bolster Diablo H's amazing /' .- 

longevity, but also improve upon most 

aspects of the game. » 

The two new powerful character 
classes are Lord of Destruction's most 
obvious draw. The Assassin can 
become skilled in the use of traps, mar- 
tial arts, and "psionic" abilities called 
shadow disciplines. And the Druid is no V ^ 
pushover, either: He can summon natur- 
al forces to rain fiery death down on his foes, create fissures 
in the earth, bring about hurricanes, and more. Both character 
sets look as good as Diablo H's original five classes and 



contribute to incredibly diverse play. 

The expansion pack also brings several key 
14 aesthetic changes. Chief among them is its sup- 
port for 800-by-600 resolution, up from 640 by 
480. The higher resolution may adversely affect 
performance on systems meeting only the mini- 
mum hardware requirements for Diablo II, but it yields a 
threefold benefit for capable PCs. It improves graphics by 
making the characters slightly smaller and less pixelated; it 

cleans up and reduces the size of the 

~^\ onscreen interface bar; and it provides a 
tactical advantage by letting you see 
more of your surroundings at one time. 
This feature-filled expansion pack 
sells for a hefty $35. Still, Diablo 
diehards wondering if the improvements 
justify the price need not worry: With all 
that the Diablo II Expansion Set has to 
_j) offer, you'll want to spend at least as 
much time with Lord of Destruction as 
you did with the original game. —G.K. 

(Blizzard Entertainment; $34. 95 34720 
www. blizzard, com) 



simple, yet quite compelling, concept. 
Unfortunately, WWII Online proves that 
even simple concepts can be difficult to 
implement. 

Developer Cornered Rat made 
some unusual design decisions, all of 
which emphasize the realistic limita- 
tions on men and equipment — factors 
that are often fudged in other online 
games to enhance payability. As a 
result, infantry weapons are extremely 
cumbersome to use (a three-stroke 
sequence is needed to raise, aim, and 
fire your rifle), and, when in a vehicle, 
you can only perform the tasks of the 
vehicle crewman you're portraying. 

WWII Online is a sprawling, still- 
evolving game that, in its current state, 
we can recommend only to hard-core 
gamers. Unless you're willing to bet $40 
(plus an additional $1 per month after 
30 days of free play) that the developer 
eventually gets it right, you'd be well- 
advised to think hard before enlisting. 

—Bruce Geryk 
(Strategy First; $39.99 CBEED 
www.strategyfirst. com) 






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Duron in the Compaq Presario 5000 to the 1GHz Pentium III found 
in both the Polywell Poly 815 MS2-1000 and Wolop Connexus A100. 
The NuTrend Duron Power 2 and Sys Technology TaskMaster 

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Category Tested 


Midrange Desktop PCs 


Price Range 


$899 to $1,385 


Minimum Configuration 


900MHz AMD Duron CPU; 128MB 
RAM; nVidia GeForce2 MX-based 
graphics card with 32MB SDRAM; 
8x/4x/32x CD-RW drive; 17-inch 
monitor; stereo speakers; 56kbps 
modem; integrated audio 


Companies Included 


Compaq Computer, NuTrend 
Computer, Polywell Computers, 
Sys Technology, Wolop Computer 


/best\ 
\buy/ 


NuTrend Duron Power 2 



950D split the difference with 950MHz 
Durons. Hard drives vary among 20GB, 
30GB, and 40GB models from IBM, 
Quantum, and Western Digital. 

What you won't get for an average price 
just short of $ 1 ,200, however, is the perfor- 
mance edge that a 1.4GHz Athlon or 1.7GHz 
Pentium 4 system will deliver. That shouldn't 
bother you unless you're looking for a power- 
house to handle massive number crunching 
or Net content creation. These systems are 
undeniably plodding at those tasks when 
compared with their upscale cousins. 

On the other hand, if you're seeking a PC 
for keeping the kids occupied, jumping on 
the Web, writing letters, and balancing your 
checkbook — tasks that define an honest 
"home" computer — then we have a selection 
for you. Even the gamers in the family will be 
happy: All of these systems allowed us to play 
3D games at a minimum of 50 frames per 
second (fps) — not the 90fps to lOOfps available 
from pricier computers, to be sure, but more 
than enough for all but the most hard-core 
gamers. 

Of course, given the speed with which 
things change in the computer industry, these 
systems will fall behind the pack before long, 
just like their high-end cousins. The only dif- 
ference is you'll have spent a whole lot less 
for them. 

COMPAQ PRESARI0 5000 



EDITORS' RATING 6.5 



DESIGN 8 PERFORMANCE 5 

EASE OF USE 7 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 8 

FEATURES 6 VALUE 5 

PROS: Onsite service during the first year; excellent monitor; includes 

both CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives; tool-free case; front-mounted USB 

ports 

CONS: Relatively expensive; poor overall performance; extremely slow 

hard drive 

Hompaq is a master at dressing up 
PCs. The Presario 5000's curved 
front face and its blend of contrast- 
ing, vibrant colors make you stop and look 
twice. But we had to look twice at the 
Presario 's $1,385 price, as well. It's the most 



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expensive of the five systems we tested, and it 
performed the slowest. 

We could blame the 900MHz Duron CPU 
for the Presario 5000's lackluster score of 65 
on the BAPCo SYSmark 2001 test, but a 
50MHz deficit in clock speed, compared with 
its 950MHz Duron competitors, doesn't by 
itself produce a shortfall of approximately 25 
percent in overall performance. The 
Presario's performance was also impeded by 
its sluggish hard drive. The drive's 40GB 
capacity is more than adequate, and it's an 
Ultra ATA/ 100 device. But it only has a 
4,500rpm rotational speed, which is even 
slower than the 5,400rpm drive found in the 
Wolop system and hardly in the same league 
with the 7,200rpm hard drives in the other 
three PCs we looked at. 

Nonetheless, the Presario 5000 is capable 
of delivering fun. Its 3D-gaming speed, mea- 
sured by Quake III Arena, is identical to those 
of the other four systems in this roundup. 
DVD playback, too, is certainly acceptable, 




<FEATURE COMPARISON) 



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Compaq Presario 5000 ""^^^^P^A _^m 

and Compaq's FS740 monitor is an upscale 
display with a 0.25mm dot pitch and a 16-inch 
viewing area. It's great for either graphics or 
video. The JBL Platinum stereo speakers are 
usable, but a subwoofer (a $24 upgrade) is 
sorely lacking. The system is further outfitted 
with an 8x/4x/32x CD-RW drive and front- 
mounted USB ports that make it a snap to 
add peripherals. 

Except for the interface-card cage, the 
Presario's 17-by-8-by- 15.5-inch (HWD) mini- 
tower is tool -free. One PCI slot is vacant, as 
well as one internal and one front-accessible 
3.5-inch bay. The system carries a one-year 
parts-and-labor warranty backed by both 
onsite and carry-in service. Extended 



Compaq Presario 5000 



DIRECT PRICE 



$1,385 



NuTrend Duron Power 2 

&J99~ 




CONFIGURATION 

Processor 


900MHz AMD Duron 


950MHz AMD Duron 


System Memory (Amount/Speed) 


128MB SDRAM/1 00MHz 


128MB SDRAM/1 33MHz 


Motherboard Manufacturer 


FIC 


Gigabyte 


Motherboard Chipset 


ViaKT133 


Via KT1 33 


Hard Drive (Capacity/Maker/Spin Rate) 


40GB/Quantum/4,500rpm 


30GB/Western Digital/7,200rpm 
Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 MX 


Graphics Card 


nVidia GeForce2 MX 


Graphics Memory 


32MB SDRAM 


32MB SDRAM 
Hitachi CM61 5 


Monitor 


Compaq FS740 


Monitor Rated Diagonal Size 


17-inch 


17-inch 


CD-RW Drive 


8x/4x/32xLGCED-8102 


12x/10x/32x Lite-On 
LTR-12101B 


DVD-ROM Drive 


16x Compaq DVD-1 16 


16xA0pen 1640Pro 
Creative CT5880 (integrated) 


Sound Card 


SoundMax (integrated) 


Speaker System 
Number of Speakers 


JBL Platinum 
Two 


Altec Lansing ACS33 
Three 


56kbps Modem/Network Adapter 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Dimensions (HWD, Inches) 


17x8x15.5 


14x7x15.5 


Weight (Pounds) 


26.2 


24.2 


CONNECTIVITY AND EXPANSION 

Ports and Jacks 


Keyboard, mouse, four USB, 
serial, parallel, onboard video 
(disabled), joystick, line-in, 
line-out, SVGA, S-Video, RJ-45, 
phone line/handset out 


Keyboard, mouse, two USB, 
serial, parallel, onboard video 
(disabled), joystick, line-in, 
line-out, SVGA, S-Video, RJ-45, 
phone line/handset out 


Front-Accessible 3.5-Inch Bays (Total/Available) 


Two/one 


Two/one 


Front-Accessible 5.25-Inch Bays (Total/Available) 


Two/none 


Two/none 


Internal 3.5-Inch Bays (Total/Available) 


Two/one 


One/none 


Internal 5.25-Inch Bays (Total/Available) 


None/none 


None/none 


PCI Slots (Total/Available) 


Three/one 


Three/one 


SOFTWARE 

Installed OS as Tested 


Windows Me 


Windows Me 


Bundled Software 


Microsoft Home Suite (Money 
2000, Works 6.0, Encarta Online 
Deluxe Encyclopedia 2000) 


Corel Office 2002 


SERVICE AND SUPPORT 

Warranty Details 


One year parts and labor onsite 


Three years parts, lifetime labor, 
depot service 


Extended/Upgraded Warranties Available 
Toil-Free Technical Support 


Yes 
Yes 


Yes 
Yes 


Technical-Support Hours (ET) 


24 hours daily 


1 1:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., M-F 



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warranties are available as well. 

Still, the Compaq Presario 5000 comes up 
short on performance and high on price. Its 
solid brand-name recognition is the only con- 
vincing reason to choose it over any of the 
other four systems in this group. 

NUTREND DURON POWER 2 



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EDITORS' RATING 7.8 



DESIGN 8 PERFORMANCE 7 

EASE OF USE 8 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

FEATURES 8 VALUE 9 

PROS: Inexpensive; has both DVD and CD-RW drives; fast overall 
performance; good-quality speaker system; small footprint 
CONS: Limited expansion room 

^Pet-N. A 14-by-7-by-15.5-inch(HWD) 
/ BEST i minitower enclosure makes the 

V BUY / NuTrenc * Duron Power 2 the 
\^ i _ x _^S most compact of our five sys- 
tems, while its $899 price makes it the least 
expensive by far. 

It's hardly short on performance, however. 
Powered by a 950MHz Duron CPU, the 
Duron Power 2 delivered a score of 81 on 
BAPCo SYSmark 2001, nearly 25 percent 
higher than that of the 900MHz-Duron- 
powered Compaq Presario 5000. 



The Duron Power 2 also earns points for 
entertainment value with a 16x DVD drive 
and WinFastDVD player software. Further 
compliments go to the 17-inch Hitachi CM615 
monitor, which has a slightly larger-than- 
average 16.1 -inch viewing area and a tight 
0.24mm dot pitch, which makes for sharp 
detail and outstanding color performance. 
The system's three-piece Altec Lansing ACS33 
speaker system delivers sufficient volume to 
do justice to both soundtracks and audio CDs, 
and you can even burn your own CDs with 





NuTrend Duron Power 2 



Polywell Po ly 815 MS2-1000 

$1,050 



Sys Technology TaskMaster 950D Wolop Connexus A1 00 



$1,279 



$1,235 



1GHz Intel Pentium III 
128MB SDRAM/1 33MHz 
Elite 



950MHz AMD Duron 
128MB SDRAM/1 33MHz 



Gigabyte 



1 GHz Intel Pentium III 
128MB SDRAM/1 33MHz 
FIC 



Intel 81 5EM 
20GB/IBM/7,200rpm 
nVidia GeForce2 MX 



ViaKT133 

40GB/IBM/7,200rpm 
nVidia GeForce2 MX 



Intel 81 5EP 
20GB/IBM/5,400rpm 
nVidia GeForce2 MX 



32MB SDRAM 

A0C 7ELR 

17-inch 

12x/8x/32xSonyCDR-160e 



32MB SDRAM 
0ptiquestQ95 
1 9-inch 



None 

Intel AC97 (integrated) 

QuickShot Sound Force 550 



12x/10x/32x Plextor PlexWriter 

12/10/32A 

None 



32MB SDRAM 
Hansol 720A 
17-inch 
8x/4x/32xLGCEb-8102 



Two 

Yes/no 

16.5x8x17.5 

228 



Creative CT5880 (integrated) 

Altec Lansing ACS33 

Three 

Yes/no 

14.5x7x16.5 

20.8 



None 

Intel AC97 (integrated) 

AI^Lans]n^ACS33 

Three 



Yes/no 
17x7.5x18 

28 



Keyboard, mouse, two USB, serial, parallel, 
onboard video (disabled), joystick, line-in, 
line-out, SVGA, S-Video, composite-out, 
phone line/handset out 



Keyboard, mouse, two USB, serial, 
parallel, onboard video (disabled), 
joystick, line-in, line-out, SVGA, 
S-Video, composite-out, phone line/ 
handset out 



Two/none 
Three/two 


Two/one 
Two/one 


One/one 


One/none 


None/none 


None/none 


Six/five 


Three/two 



Keyboard, mouse, two USB, two 
serial, parallel, joystick, line-in, 
line-out, SVGA, S-Video, RJ-45, 
phone line/handset out 

Two/one 

Three/two 

Three/one 

None/none 

Six/five 



Windows Me 

Lotus SmartSuite for Windows 



Windows 98 Second Edition 
Easy CD Creator, 
High Speed Stakes 



yyindows Me 
None 



Three years parts, five years labor, depot Three years parts, five years labor, 

service first year onsite 

Yes Yes 

Yes _Yes 

24 hours daily 24 hours daily 



One year parts and labor, depot 

service 

No 

¥w 

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., M-F 



the included 12x/l0x/32x CD-RW drive. 

The small enclosure does limit your 
expansion opportunities, though. Once you 
get beyond the two screws that hold the side 
panel in place, you'll find only a single 3.5- 
inch front-accessible bay, one PCI slot, and 
one DIMM socket unoccupied. A modem 
and a network adapter are already installed, 
so you might want to use that vacant PCI slot 
to upgrade from the integrated Creative 
audio card to one with a few more features. 
The 30GB hard drive should certainly provide 
sufficient space for basic tasks. 

NuTrend backs the system with a three- 
year parts and lifetime labor warranty. The 
company will also split the shipping costs 
with you if you need to return the PC for 
repairs. If you're new to computing or just 
want some peace of mind, consider the $29 
upgrade to one year of onsite service plus 
round-the-clock technical support. A two-year 
plan is also available. 

The NuTrend Duron Power 2's diminu- 
tive footprint, even with its 1 7-inch monitor, 
makes it perfect for a crowded apartment or 
that niche in the corner of the family room. 
Even better, its low price is a fit for the 
tightest of budgets. 

POLYWELL POLY 815 MS2-1000 



EDITORS' RATING 7.5 



DESIGN 8 PERFORMANCE 8 

EASE OF USE 7 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

FEATURES 7 VALUE 8 

PROS: Fast 1 GHz processor; good overall performance; lots of 
expansion room; excellent monitor 
CONS: No DVD drive; mediocre speakers 

nhe Polywell Poly 815 MS2-1000 isn't 
just a good-looking PC — it has 
smarts as well. Packed with a 1GHz 
Pentium III processor, the $1,050 system is 
priced down in Duron territory. Getting it 
there required Polywell to cut a few corners, 
but that might not be a problem if you favor 
productivity over playtime. 

The Poly 815 isn't missing much. In fact, 
it's the best performer (by a slight margin) of 
the five systems here, with a result of 107 on 
the BAPCo SYSmark 2001 benchmark test. 
The system's fast 7,200rpm IBM hard drive 
gets partial credit for that score, but the drive 
is only a 20GB model, leaving the Poly 815 
tied with the Wolop Connexus A 100 for the 
lowest hard drive capacity of the group. 
The system also lacks a DVD drive, 
although we believe the Sony 12x/8x/32x 
CD-RW drive will suffice for most users. And 
despite its relatively high 0.27mm dot pitch, 
the 17-inch AOC monitor handles graphics 
with aplomb and would probably be a capa- 
ble choice for movies as well. The QuickShot 



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lack a subwoofer and really aren't well-suited 
for either music or games. 

What the Poly 815 does offer in abun- 
dance is room for expansion. Sound is inte- 
grated on the motherboard, and no network 
card is included, so a Lucent modem is the 
sole occupant of the system's six PCI slots. 
Additional accommoda- 
tions include two 
vacant front-accessible 
bays and one empty 
internal bay. 

Polywell covers the 
system with a three- 
year parts and five-year 
labor warranty. If you 
can't make your own 
repairs, you'll have to 

ship the PC back to Polywell Poly 815 MS2-1000 
Polywell, with you and the company splitting 
the shipping costs. We'd strongly suggest con- 
sidering the optional onsite warranty plan 
that's available for $75 more per year, up to a 
maximum of five years. You can call Polywell 
during business hours for technical support, 
and one year of 24/7 toll-free support provid- 
ed by a third party is included in the price of 
the system. 

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DESIGN 8 PERFORMANCE 7 

EASE OF USE 7 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 7 

FEATURES 8 VALUE 7 

PROS: Fast, high-capacity hard drive; 19-inch monitor; excellent CD- 
RW drive; onsite service standard during first year; good-quality 
speaker system 
CONS: No DVD drive, no productivity or application suite 

nt's widely assumed that using an 
AMD processor enables vendors to 
create less-expensive computers 
with all the features, and about as much 
power, as an equivalent Intel system. At first 
look, Sys Technology's TaskMaster 950D and 



its 950MHz AMD Duron CPU seem to con- 
tradict that belief. Looking closer at the sys- 
tem's components, however, reveals they do 
justify the TaskMaster's price of $1,279, 
second-highest in this group. 

Although the 
TaskMaster's score of 
82 on BAPCo SYSmark 
2001 doesn't compete 
with either of the two 
Pentium III systems 
here, it's a dead heat 
with the NuTrend 
Duron Power 2. And 
the TaskMaster pulls 
ahead of the NuTrend 
in the features depart- 
ment, with a 19-inch monitor, a 7,200rpm 
40GB hard drive, 24/7 toll-free technical 
support, and a year of onsite service. 

You may not think 2 inches could make 
much of a difference in display size, but it 
does. On a 19-inch monitor, a l,024-by-768 
resolution (the maximum recommended for 
a 17-inch screen) requires a lot less squinting, 
and 1,280 by 1,024 actually becomes usable. 
The Sys-supplied Optiquest Q95 monitor will 
even handle that resolution at a flicker-free 
80Hz refresh rate. The TaskMaster also 
includes a high-quality Plextor 12x/10x/32x 
CD-RW drive with BURN-Proof technology, 
and a three-piece Altec Lansing ACS33 
speaker system. 

Although it only measures 14.5 inches by 
7 inches by 16.5 inches (HWD), the 
TaskMaster's tool-free minitower case still has 
two front-accessible drive bays and two PCI 
slots available for expansion. A V90 modem is 
included, but you might consider the optional 
$15 D-Link 10/ lOOmbps network card if you 
intend to connect to the Net via broadband. 




Sys Technology TaskMaster 950D 

The TaskMaster's basic warranty — three 
years on parts and five years on labor, with 
the first year onsite — is attractive, and option- 
al onsite warranties are available as well. 

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EDITORS' RATING 6.8 



DESIGN 7 PERFORMANCE 8 

EASE OF USE 7 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 6 

FEATURES 7 VALUE 6 

PROS: Good-quality speaker system; lots of expansion room 
CONS: Relatively expensive; no DVD drive; no bundled productivity 
software or application suite; no extended-warranty options; sluggish 
hard drive 

mew PC vendor Wolop has stocked 
its Connexus A 100 with a 1GHz 
Pentium III processor on an FIC 
FS15 motherboard. For graphics acceleration, 
Wolop has opted for a 32MB nVidia GeForce2 
MX-based card. Nonetheless, the $1,235 
Connexus A 100 falls slightly short in features 
and performance when compared with the 
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storage, but it's only a 5,400rpm drive and is 
likely to have contributed to the Connexus 
AlOO's slightly lower score of 103 on BAPCo 
SYSmark 2001, as compared with the similar- 
ly equipped Polywell system's result of 107. 
The Connexus A 100 was the clear winner on 
MadOnion's 3DMark 2001 Pro test, but note 
that Wolop supplied a newer nVidia driver 
than the Windows-certified version used by 
the other systems. Such performance advan- 
tages tend to disappear once the driver 
versions are equalized. 

The 16-inch display area available on the 
17-inch Hansol 720A monitor works well for 
graphics, and the three-piece Altec Lansing 
ACS33 speaker system adds impact to gam- 
ing. The pair would work well together for 
video playback, too, but Wolop doesn't 
include a DVD drive with the system, a 
notable omission in view of its relatively high 
price. The system does come equipped with 
an 8x/4x/32x CD-RW drive, however. 

Housed in a 17-by-7.5-by- 18-inch mini- 
tower, the A 100 offers plenty of expansion 
possibilities. Three front-accessible bays are 
unused, as are a fourth internal bay and five 
PCI slots. The system is covered by a one- 
year parts-and-labor warranty handled 
through parts shipping or depot repair; 
Wolop splits the shipping costs with you on 
the latter. Wolop doesn't currently offer any 
extended warranties, and toll-free technical 
support is available only during business 
hours on weekdays. 

With slightly better performance or a 
slightly lower price, the Wolop Connexus 
A 100 would have raised a storm of applause. 
As it stands, however, the Connexus costs a 
bit too much for what you get. 

DOLLARS AND SENSE 

In a performance showdown between 
Pentium III and Duron processors, the 
Intel chips are the sure winners, so if 
you're looking for straight-up perfor- 
mance, the Polywell Poly 815 MS2-1000 
will get the job done. Not only is it less 
expensive than the Wolop Connexus A 100, 
which is also equipped with a Pentium III, 
it also has a faster hard drive. 

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PC Upgrades 

n the fast-paced world of PCs, even 
the newest computers become old 
very quickly. As a result, the ability to 
upgrade a system to higher performance 
levels has long been a computing corner- 
stone. The important thing to consider in any 
upgrade is whether the added cost justifies 
the increased performance. It doesn't always. 

You should start thinking about upgrades 
even before you buy your computer. How far 
down the budget path you begin will often 
dictate how far up the performance road you 
can go before the cost of your upgrades 
exceeds the price of a new computer. 

Motherboards are a prime target for 
scrutiny on several fronts. Motherboards with 
integrated functions such as sound, graphics 
acceleration, or networking connectivity lose 
little of their original value when you upgrade 
the integrated parts. You can even upgrade 
your IDE interface from older Ultra ATA/33 
or Ultra ATA/66 technology to newer Ultra 
ATA/ 1 00 specifications for a reasonable price. 
In fact, you can get the latest sound card, net- 
working interface, and hard drive controller 
all for about $300 total — not a bad upgrade 
cost when amortized over a few years. 

A new graphics card, however, can be 
pricey. Current top-of-the-line 3D cards 
start at about $350. It's less expensive to 
have one included when you first buy your 
computer, but if you're willing to settle for 
the next best thing, a last-generation card 
displaced by a newer version can often be 



Duron systems, however, are less costly to 
build than comparably equipped Pentium III 
PCs, a fact made crystal-clear by NuTrend's 
Duron Power 2. Although it offers about 25 
percent less performance overall than the 
Poly 815 MS2-1000, it also has 10GB more of 
storage space, a DVD-ROM drive, and a 
better speaker system. 

The larger monitor and hard drive capacity 
of the Sys Technology TaskMaster 950D make 
it an attractive candidate for the home office, 
and you can add a DVD-ROM drive and net- 
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found discounted up to 50 percent off its 
original pricing. 

Most motherboards can accommodate 
the highest-speed CPUs in existence when 
the motherboard was designed, but it's rare 
that they will accept processors developed 
after that point. Differences in how primary 
and secondary cache are used, as well as 
new CPU instructions, often preclude sim- 
ply popping a new CPU into an aging moth- 
erboard. Likewise, you'll also need a new 
motherboard if you want to switch from 
older single-data-rate SDRAM to more 
powerful double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM. 

By itself, a motherboard can cost any- 
where from about $80 to $200. But factor in 
the cost of a new CPU and memory (as you 
would in an upgrade from a Pentium III or 
Athlon to a Pentium 4), as well as perhaps a 
faster graphics card, and you could end up 
spending more than $ 1 ,000. Assuming you 
can still use your current monitor, that 
$ 1 ,000 can probably buy you a prefab sys- 
tem backed by a solid warranty that's better 
than what you could create by upgrading. 

leave a wide gap between the prices of the 
TaskMaster 950D and the Duron Power 2, per- 
haps too much of a leap for users on a budget. 

Wolop is relatively new to the PC mar- 
ket, so don't be surprised if the company 
fine-tunes its configuration to clear out 
performance impediments such as the 
5,400rpm hard drive. Also, keep in mind 
that you can go to any of these vendors' 
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888-482-6678, 562-692-4462 

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II chip . are still potent players in the graphics 
universe. Still, the one omnipotent force that 
keeps blasting us way to the front is nVidia. 
The company's GeForce and ( Jel i >rce2 chips 
set the graphics market on its ear or eve. as 
the case may be . and almost certainly con- 
tributed to the downfall of competitors 3dfx, 
Number Nine. S3, and other 

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nVidia has topped off the core clock speed. 
memory size, and memory clock speed ot 
the GeForce2 GTS with Lightspeed Memory 

Architecture, a new feature designed to 
address the escalating geometry demands 
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DirectX 8.0 titles, in particular . The 
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ity of the memory bus when it's not needed. 

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accompanied by nYidia's Ntinitei X Engine, 
which provides a nearly infinite number of 
special effects and custom looks through the 
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surface effects . Rather than having to settle 
tor a small library of routines, game devel- 
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volumetric tog. smoke, particle effects. 
reflective bump mapping, and animated 
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quantity, however. 

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approach to anti-aliasing. Its solution tor 
high- resolution anti-aliasing I IRA A is to 
provide three different modes: 4x tor maxi- 
mum. 2x for minimum, and a hard-set com 
promise mode called Quincunx that otters a 
moderate anti-aliasing level with d 25 per- 
cent on average dip in performance. Each 
mode takes its toll on playing speed, though, 
with the impact on frame rates ranging 
from barely noticeable to a significant 44 
percent hit. Then again, the GeForce3 is so 
blindinglv fast that, in the worst case, our 
3D playing speed was cut back to only twice 
the accepted frame rate for video. 

THE PERFORMANCE FACTOR 

ith today's selection of high-perfbr- 

. mance graphics boards noticeably slim- 
mer than that of just a year ago. we set out 
to compare the new round of cards based 
on the GeForce T Because all five boards 
in our roundup -the Asus AGP-Y8200 
Deluxe 64MB, Elsa Gladiac 920, Gigabyte 
GV-GF3000, Hercules 3D Prophet 111. dnd 
YisionTek GeF6rce3 Graphics Accelerator 
use the identical chipset, however, we were 
not expecting to see huge fluctuations in per- 
formance. In fact, we did not see anything 
beyond an 8 percent variation found in the 
respective scores of the GV-GF3000 versus 
the Gladiac 920 on MadOnion's 3 DM ark 2001 
Pro at 1,600 by 1 ,200) in the results of our 
benchmark te^ - 

Moreover, the subtle deviations m the 
results may not even be attributable to 
the hardware at all. but rather to the differ- 
ences between driver versions used in testing. 

Although we requested vendors send ns their 
most recent drivers at the time we conducted 
our tests, tour of the five cards employed dif- 
ferent version numbers. Ironically, the card 



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Category Tested 
Price Range 



GeForce3 Graphics Cards 

$357 to $405 



Minimum Configuration 2x/4x AGP card with nVidia 

GeForce3 chipset; 64MB DDR 
SDRAM; Windows 98 drivers 



Companies Included Asus Computer International, Elsa, 

Gigabyte Technology, Hercules, 
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that consistently scored highest on our 
benchmark suite, the Gigabyte GV-GF3000, 
also used the oldest driver. Not surprisingly, 
Gigabyte declined our invitation to send us 
an update. Still, we would recommend that 
buyers looking to get the most out of their 
hardware should periodically check their card 
maker's Web site for the 
latest driver releases. 

Where the power of the 
GeForce3 is most evident is 
in a head-to-head compari- 
son with its predecessor, the 
GeForce2 — which, until now, 
has sat at the top of the 
graphics-chip food chain. 
Although nVidia claims the 
GeForce3's new Lightspeed 
Memory Architecture can 
provide as much as a 400 
percent improvement over 
comparable GeF6rce2 cards, 
our benchmark tests showed 
a consistent 60 percent gain 
over a GeForce2 Ultra card (a Asus A GP-V8200 Deluxe 64MB 
Creative Labs 3D Blaster Annihilator 2 Ultra) 
on 3DMark 2001 Pro at all three testing reso- 
lutions using a 32-bit color palette. Not exact- 
ly a 400 percent improvement, perhaps, but 
impressive nonetheless. What's more, the dif- 



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ference in performance will only become 
more pronounced with developers' full-scale 
implementation of DirectX 8.0. 

Because the difference in performance 




only a handful of games that take advantage 
of the GeF6rce3's more advanced features are 
available, although we expect that to change 
over the next six to eight months. Overall, the 
decision comes down to your budget and spe- 
cific needs. Suffice it to say, if you're currendy 
using a GeF6rce2-based graphics card, you 
may want to wait a while longer before 
upgrading to a GeF6rce3. 

ASUS AGP-V8200 DELUXE 64MB 



EDITORS' RATING 7.8 



3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 7 



among these five GeF6rce3-based cards is 
negligible at best, the only way to distinguish 
the various models is by pricing and features. 
Pricing on average was clearly weighted 
toward the high end at press time, around 
$370 for most boards. Also, bear in mind that 



^FEATURE COMPARISON) 


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Asus AGP- V8200 
Deluxe 64MB 


Elsa Gladiac 920 


Gigabyte GV-GF3000 


Hercules 3D 
Prophet III 


VisionTek GeForce3 
Graphics Accelerator 


AVERAGE PRICE 


$406 


$357 


$369 (mfr. est) 

nVidia 


$405 


$374 


Accelerator Chip Manufacturer 


nVidia 


nVidia 


nVidia 


nVidia 


Accelerator Chip Model 


GeForce3 


GeFbrce3 


GeForce3 


GeForce3 


GeForce3 


Graphics Memory 


64MB DDR SDRAM 


64MB DDR SDRAM 


64MB DDR SDRAM 


64MB DDR SDRAM 
200MHz 


64MB DDR SDRAM 


Core Clock Speed 


200MHz 


200MHz 


200MHz 


200MHz 


Maximum 20 Noninterlaced 

Resolution 
Maximum Color Bit Depth at 

Maximum Resolution 
Maximum Refresh Rate at 

Maximum Resolution 
Ports 


2,048x1,536 


2,048x1,536 


2,048x1,536 


2,048x1,536 


2,048x1,536 


32-bit 


32-bit 


32-bit 


32-bit 


32-bit 


60Hz 


60Hz 


60Hz 


60Hz 


60Hz 


SVGA, S-Video (input 
and output), composite 

video out, VR out 


SVGA, S-Video 


SVGA, D VI 


SVGA, S-Video, DVI 


SVGA, S- Video 


Digital Display Support 


No 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Digital Rat-Panel Connector 
Drivers Available for AutoCAD 


No 
No 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


Drivers Available for Linux 


Yes (beta) 


Yes (beta) 


Yes 


Yes (beta) 


Yes 


Drivers Available for 
Windows 95/98/Me 


Yes/yes/yes 


Yes/yes/yes 


Yes/yes/yes 


Yes/yes/yes 


Yes/yes/yes 


Drivers Available for 
Windows 2000/NT 4.0 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Yes/yes 


Dual-Monitor Support 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


Games Included 


Star Trek: New Worlds, 
Messiah, Sacrifice 


Giants: Citizen Kabuto 


None 


None 


None 


MPEG-2 Decoder Acceleration 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


NTSCOut 


Yes 


Yes 


No 
None 


Yes 


Yes 


Other Hardware Options 


VR 100G 3D glasses 
(included) 


3D Revelator glasses 
(not included) 


None 


None 


TV Tuner 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Video and DVD Playback 


Yes (Asus DVD2000) 


Yes (Elsamovie 2000) 


Yes (PowerDVD) 


Yes (PowerDVD) 


Capable, but no playback 
software included 



FEATURES 10 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 7 

2D PERFORMANCE 6 

PROS: Fast 3D performance; includes Asus VR glasses; plenty of video 
ports; video-capture, -editing, and -playback software 
CONS: Expensive; overclocking utility is useless 

The Asus AGP-V8200 Deluxe 64MB 
graphics board isn't just another 
GeForce3 clone. This screaming $405 graph- 
ics card is both a 3D gamer's dream come 
true and an exciting tool for budding video 
makers. In addition to its outstanding per- 
formance and easy-to-use software bundle, 
which includes DVD-playback and video- 
editing programs, the AGP-V8200 Deluxe 
delivers such extras as an S-Video input port 
and 3D-gaming glasses. 

Asus also includes its SmartDoctor utility, 
which has a graphics-overclocking tool called 
Tweak. We ran Tweak several times, and it 

repeatedly locked up our 
system. Our one successful 
attempt netted us a perfor- 
mance increase of just one- 
tenth of one percent. 
Clearly, the GeFbrce3 is 
already at the leading edge. 
The AGP-V8200 Deluxe 
has both the SVGA and 
S-Video output ports that 
seem to mark the typical 
configuration for GeForce3 
cards. Asus even provides 
S-Video, S- Video-to-compos- 
ite-video, and composite 
(RCA) cables. Where the 
card departs from the ordi- 
nary is by including a sepa- 
rate composite-video-out 
port, an S-Video-in port, and 
a VR port for plugging in 
the included 3D glasses. The 
glasses are well-made and, 
with nearly 7 feet of cable, 
should enable comfortable 
gaming for most desktop 
setups. Although not includ- 
ed with our evaluation card, 
the final software bundle 
will include three game 



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tides: Star Trek: New Worlds, Messiah, and 
Sacrifice. None of the three has been opti- 
mized for the GeForce3. 

Installing the AGP-V8200 Deluxe is easy, 
but there's a lot to install, including the Asus 
DVD2000 software, which is actually a version 
of CyberLink's PowerDVD. It provides all the 
required functions and even supports single- 
frame capture (saved as a BMP file) during 
playback- The Asus Digital VCR, meanwhile, 
lets you hook up a VCR or camcorder to the 
card and digitize video to your PC for editing 
with Ulead's VideoStudio 4.0, which is also 
included. You can then use CyberLink's 
VideoLive Mail 4 to send the movies you've 
assembled to your friends. The only thing 
missing is a TV tuner, but Asus offers an 
optional external box for $55 that will add 
that capability to the AGP-V8200 Deluxe. 

The AGP-V8200 Deluxe 64MB's strong 
performance, along with its substantial soft- 
ware bundle, plethora of ports, and 3D glass- 
es, add up to a package that gets a hearty rec- 
ommendation — assuming price isn't an issue. 

ELSA GLADIAC 920 



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EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 6 



FEATURES 9 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 6 

2D PERFORMANCE 6 

PROS: Fast 3D rendering; S-Video output; supports Elsa's 3D 
Revelator gaming glasses; ships with Giants: Citizen Kabuto 
CONS: Glasses not included 

If you'll never have a need for the range of 
video ports found on the Asus AGP-V8200 
Deluxe 64MB, you can save yourself a few- 
dollars with Elsa's $357 Gladiac 920. Elsa even 
sweetens the deal with a few additional 
amenities such as a full version of Giants: 
Citizen Kabuto, DVD-player software, and 
support for Elsa's 3D-gaming glasses. 

Although the Gladiac 920's benchmark 
performance ranked near the bottom of the 
pack, most of its 



which has no hooks for DirectX 8.0, the 
results were much different. Set for a 32-bit 
palette, the Gladiac delivered only a 28 per- 



view your 2D or 3D graphics on your televi- 
sion, but only at a 640-by-480 resolution, a 
limitation imposed by the NTSC television 
system. (If you're PAL-minded, however, that 
jumps to an 800-by-600 resolution.) 

What might have impressed us most 
about the Gladiac 920 is its support for Elsa's 




Elsa Gladiac 920, Gigabyte GV-GF3000 

cent better frame rate at 1,600 by 1,200, 22 
percent at 1,280 by 1,024, and a miserly 3 per- 
cent boost at 1,024 by 768. Again, you'll have 
to wait for games using DirectX 8.0 before 
seeing any noticeable gains in this respect. 
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is DirectX 8.0-compli- 
ant, but it is only optimized for the GeForce3, 
meaning that parts of the game were 
reworked to support some new features and 
effects, although you would have a similar 
experience playing the game with a GeForce2 
Ultra board. 

The Elsamovie 2000 DVD player software 
and the Gladiac 920's S- Video port allow you 
to display your movies on a TV You can even 



3D Revelator gaming glasses — the glasses are 
an exciting product in their own right. Unfor- 
tunately, unlike the Asus bundle, they're not 
included as part of the package. 

GIGABYTE GV-GF3000 



EDITORS' RATING 7.6 



3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 8 



FEATURES 8 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 7 

2D PERFORMANCE 6 

PROS: One of the least expensive GeForce3 cards available; top-of- 
the-line performance; includes DVI output for flat-panel owners 
CONS: No games included with card; $369 is still expensive 

The $369 Gigabyte GV-GF3000 is one of 
the least expensive GeForce3 cards on 
the market, as well as one of only two boards 
in this group that offer a digital video port as 



scores were within 


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4 percent of the 
top contender, the 




Asus AGP-V8200 
Deluxe 64MB 


Elsa 
Gladiac 920 


Gigabyte 

GV-GF3000 


Hercules 
3D Prophet III 

Hercules 4.13.01.1240 


VisionTek GeForce3 
Graphics Accelerator 


Creative Labs 3D Blaster 
Annihilator 2 Ultra 


Gigabyte GV- 
GF3000. It also 
scored significantly 
higher than the 
GpForre2 Ultra- 


Driver Version Tested 


4.13.01.1260 


4.13.01.1240 


4.13.01.1210 


4.13.01.1241 


4.12.01.0650 


High-Performance 3D-Game Testing 
MadOnion.com's 3DMark 2001 Pro 
32-Bit Color ©1,600x1,200 
32-Bit Color ©1,280x1,024 
32-Bit Color ©1,024x768 


3,468 
4,051 
4,530 


3,242 
3,819 
4,345 


3,507 
4,054 
4,528 


3,244 
3,821 
4,347 


3,244 
3,825 
4,341 


2,006 
2,400 
2,690 


based Creative 
Labs 3D Blaster 


Real-World 3D-Game Testing 
Quake III Arena (Frames per Second) 
32-Bit Color ©1,600x1,200 
32-Bit Color ©1,280x1,024 
32-Bit Color © 1 ,024x768 


68.3 


65.5 
90.4 
109.0 


72.6 
96.3 
110.3 

109 
136 


65.5 
90.3 
109.3 


65.4 


51.0 
73.7 
105.2 


Annihilator 2 Ultra 


93.0 


90.4 
108.7 


card on the 
MadOnion test 
suite. But when we 


109.5 


Mainstream 3D-Performance Testing 
eTesting Labs' 3D WinBench 2000 1.1 
32-Bit Color ©1,600x1,200 
32-Bit Color ©1,280x1,024 
32-Bit Color ©1,024x768 


104 
132 
170 


100 
128 
165 


100 
127 


100 


99.3 

143 

181 


pitted the Gladiac 
920 against the 
GeForce2 Ultra 
card on our Quake 
III Arena test, 


128 
165 


172 


165 


Business 2D-Graphics Testing 
eTesting Labs' WinBench 99 1.2 
32-Bit Color ©1,024x768 


334 


335 


336 


335 


336 


338 












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a standard feature. Otherwise, the GV- 
GF3000 is a relatively bare-bones package. 

Owners of digital flat-panel monitors get 
a sweet deal with the DVI-out port. The 
GV-GF3000 also is the only card of the five 
reviewed here with dual-monitor support. 
Not many other features, however, separate 
this card from the other four. The GV-GF3000 
lacks an S- Video port and display ports other 
than the digital connector and an SVGA port. 

The drivers we received with our evalua- 
tion sample were decidedly generic, and 
identical to the reference drivers posted at 
nVidia's Web site. An overclocking utility 



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was also conspicuous by its absence, an 
obvious result of nVidia's dictum that no 
GeForce card be tweaked before it's sold. 
It's not really an issue, though: We couldn't 
achieve any meaningful benefit by tweaking 
any of the cards that came with drivers that 
support overclocking. 

Inveterate overclockers should stay away 
from the Gigabyte GV-GF3000 because of the 
sparse drivers. But for flat-panel-monitor 
owners who need amazing 3D performance, 



as well as early adopters on a budget, this 
card is a clear contender. 

HERCULES 3D PROPHET III 



EDITORS' RATING 7.2 



3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 6 



FEATURES 8 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 7 

2D PERFORMANCE 6 

PROS: Fast 3D rendering; hardware anti-aliasing; SVGA, S-Video, and 

DVI output 

CONS: Expensive; no bundled games 

The GeForce3-based 3D Prophet III is 
Hercules' latest addition to its family of 
Prophets. Hercules is the second of two cards 
here to provide a DVI port in addition to the 



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_ pmpn witnessing the power of 
H r Mm W% the GeForce3 on our 

benchmark tests, we thought it would be 
interesting to get some insight into what's 
going on behind the curtain at nVidia. Senior 
product manager Geoffrey Ballew chatted 

O'Brien about the new chipset and 
other developments at nVidia. 

CS: The GeForce3 almost started life 
at nearly $500 but fell back to S399, 
on average, by the time it hit the 
market. What brought that on? 

Ballew: There were several factors. 
First, we were able to increase 
yield on the GeForce3 graphics 
processor unit (GPU), and that 
additional reliability, by itself, cut costs. 
Packing the GPU with 57 million transistors 
gave us the capability of integrating some 
e:ectronics that would have otherwise been 
added onboard at an additional cost. And 
delivering a great technology like that available 
f r om the GeForce3 would be most effective if 
we could deliver it to the largest audience 
possible. Keeping the price as low as possible 
was a definite way to achieve that goal. 

CS: Rumors are circulating that some 
initial GeForce3 cards were released 
with early steppings of the GPU and 
possibly slightly slower SDRAM. Is 
there any truth to that? 

Ballew: No versions of the GeForce3 were 
released with slower memory. However, this 
product was used by Microsoft as part of the 



development kit for the Xbox. Microsoft 
assembled thousands of computers with an 
early stepping of the GeForce technology that 
used some particular parameters it wanted, 
and distributed those to Xbox developers. So 
while cards with an earlier stepping exist, 
none were released into the retail market. 

CS: There seems to be some uneasiness 
among PC gamers over the release of 
the NV25 for Microsoft's set-top box. 
There are those who believe that the 
NV25 is a superior chip to the NV20 
(GeForce3). Is that really the case? 



Ballew: People are 
always trying 




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to outguess 
what we're doing 
and. knowing our 
code numbers for development products, 
jumped to a conclusion that wasn't quite valid. 
The product in the Xbox is not NV25; it's the 
XGPU. And a console is inherently different 
than a PC desktop. While the XGPU and the 
GeForce3 share effectively the same graphics 
feature set. the Xbox GPU has been tuned 
for the defined environment of the Xbox. 

CS: Was the drop in core speed from 
250MHz for the GeForce2 Ultra to 
200MHz for the GeForce3 required for 
the crossbar architecture to work? 

Ballew: The older 0. 18-micron technology 
of the GeForce2 Ultra was a much more 
mature process, and we knew how to 



squeeze everything out of it that we could. 
The GeForce3's 0. 15-micron process is new 
territory, and we thought it best to be 
somewhat conservative to maintain as high a 
yield of functional and cost-effective GPUs 
as we could. We were able to integrate so 
much into the GeForce3's 57-million-tran- 
sistor architecture that it really negated any 
performance degradation that the drop in 
core speed might have produced. And what 
we added actually increased that overall 
performance. 

CS: Which brings us to the overclock- 
ing software that's shipped with the 
GeForce3. Is that from nVidia or is it 
valued-added software from your 
board partners? 

Ballew: The overclocking software 
is part of the nVidia control 
panel, but the card is shipped 
at standard speed. We guar- 
antee the GeForce3 within the 
standard operating specifications, and we 
don't want our board partners to ship it out 
of that specification. We realize that our cus- 
tomers are enthusiasts who love to play with 
them, see how fast they can go. and it's the 
end user's choice if they want to run them 
out of specification. But they should realize 
that it may have consequences for the prod- 
uct life. We just don't want to legitimize it 
from a standard product point of view. 

CS: We know that you can't really 
speak about upcoming products, but 
are you at liberty to mention anything 
about what's next? 

Ballew: No. we can't talk about unan- 
nounced products, but if you look at our 
track record, you'll probably see that 
nVidia is not a company that spends much 
time at rest. 

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standard S-Video and SVGA ports. The 3D 
Prophet Ill's $405 price, however, is tied with 
the Asus as the highest of the five boards 
reviewed here, and the card doesn't come 
with any game tides. 

Hercules provides a CD that contains 
DirectX 8.0, PowerDVD DVD-playback soft- 
ware, 3Deep color-adjustment software, and 
the user documentation. The card's perfor- 
mance is comparable to that of the other 
cards in our roundup, but some users may 
find the 3D Prophet III to be a small cut above 
the standard GeForce3 cards, being the only 
card to combine a DVI output along with an 
SVGA and S- Video port. The card can't do 
simultaneous multiple output, however. 

We found DVD playback to be the best 
use of the S- Video port, and Hercules pro- 
vides an S-Video-to-composite-video con- 
verter cable to make hooking up to a televi- 



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package. But if you insist on an impressive 
pedigree for your GeForce3 card, it's the 
one to get. 

VISIONTEK GEF0RCE3 
GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR 



EDITORS' RATING 6.8 



FEATURES 7 

SETUP AND CONTROLS 6 

2D PERFORMANCE 6 

PROS: S-Video output 

CONS: No game bundle; no cables 



3D PERFORMANCE 9 

VALUE 6 



VisionTek's GeForce3 Graphics Accel- 
erator was one of the first cards to hit 
the street boasting nVidia's biggest, baddest 
3D muscle to date. Like the other cards here, 
it lives up to the hype with impressive bench- 




Hercules 3D Prophet III, VisionTek GeForce3 Graphics Accelerator 



sion as easy as possible. That's not a bad 
thing — DVD playback on a television usual- 
ly looks better than on a computer monitor 
because the interleaved, scan-line environ- 
ment of your television is what DVDs were 
designed to be played on. 

We believe the 3D Prophet III is slightly 
overpriced for what Hercules offers in the 



mark results. Although the card's $374 price 
looks steep when compared with other 
graphics boards, it's among the lowest you'll 
find for nVidia's latest 3D technology. 

Our VisionTek GeForce3 arrived just prior 
to the release of nVidia's final drivers and 
didn't include an installation disc; we down- 
loaded the drivers from VisionTek's site. 
According to VisionTek, the final package will 



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tion guide and follows standard Windows 
Installation wizard procedures. 

If you're looking for a lot of extras, 
you won't find them in the VisionTek pack- 
age. The card ships without a game bundle, 
software utilities, or any of the other ameni- 
ties included with some of the other cards 
reviewed here. It does have an S-Video output 
for playing games on your TV, but our evalua- 
tion board included neither an S-Video cable 
nor an S-Video-to-composite-video adapter. 

The VisionTek GeForce3 is a next-gen- 
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until we have some next-generation games 
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ALL IN THE GAME 

ny way you look at it, the GeForce3 is 
well on its way to becoming the PC 
industry's next standard-bearer for 3D perfor- 
mance. There's not a slug in the bunch 
among these five boards; they are identical 
performers when using the same drivers. 
Differences in onboard features, game bun- 
dles, and, to a certain extent, pricing (which is 
actually lower than the initial debut pricing of 
the GeForce2 cards) are what separate them. 

Our only bone of contention, of 
course, is that it's still too early to shell out 
the dough for this expensive upgrade. 
Nothing is available (read: games) that 
takes full advantage of the new 
features. Although these cards 
are faster than the previous gener- 
ation, their performance jolt alone 
is not enough to justify the price. 
We suggest waiting a few months 
for the inevitable price drop. Nev- 
ertheless, if your wallet hand 
won't stop twitching, you can't go 
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The advantages of LCDs are now even 

attractive, thanks to all-time-low prices. 




f you're wondering whether LCD monitors are worth the extra 
money, just ask Dan Jubelt. The Oklahoma-based Web-site 
designer and programmer invested in three 15-inch ViewSonic 
flat-panel displays a little more than a year ago, and says the 
payoff has been well-worth the outlay. "I'm more productive, 
and my eyes don't take the beating they used to," he says, 
adding that he doesn't miss the bulk, heat, static electricity, or 
weight of CRTs. "With these monitors, work is a joy. I predict that 
when the price falls to between $250 and $450, glass [CRTs] will 
move to the back of the class." 

With flat-panel displays just entering that price range, many 
savvy shoppers are taking a hard look at the technology. At press 
time, 15-inch screens were selling for as little as $400, and 17-inch 
LCDs could be had for $800, still pricey but significantly less expen- 
sive than ever. In fact, LCD prices have dropped about 50 percent in 
the past 18 months as additional manufacturing plants went online 
in Taiwan and Korea. 

But prices may have bottomed out, according to Rhoda Alexander, 
director of monitor research at Stanford Resources. "The low prices 
are something that the end user should probably jump on, because 
chances are they will probably bounce back up a little bit" by the 
second quarter of next year, she says. "Once manufacturing supply 
catches up with consumer demand, manufacturers will probably 
attempt to build some profit margin back into the product." 





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Tips for 
Flat-Panel Shopping 



Screen size: With prices starting at $400, 
1 5-inch models currently yield the best 
value. 

Digital versus analog interface: Digital 
interfaces are superior. If your graphics 
card doesn't support digital output, look 
for a display with a dual interface to keep 
it viable for the future. 

Color brightness and fidelity: If possi- 
ble, inspect a flat panel in person to 
ensure true colors and consistent 
brightness across the screen. 

Viewing angle: If you plan to use your 
display for presentations, insist on viewing 
angles of at least 1 20 degrees horizontal 
and 1 00 degrees vertical. 

Native resolution: Ensure that the 
panel's native resolution is suitable to your 
needs. Resolutions for 1 5-inch panels top 
out at 1 ,024 by 768; larger screens deliver 
higher resolutions. 

Non-native resolution: Make certain 
the LCD can adroitly handle non-native 
resolutions without distortion. 

Pixel-refresh response time: To avoid 
ghosting on video playback, look for a 
pixel-refresh response time of 20ms to 
30ms. 

Contrast ratio: Insist on a contrast ratio 
of at least 200-to- 1 . 

Multimedia: Consider extras such as USB 
hubs, speakers, and microphone and 
headphone jacks. 

The warranty: Insist on a full-refund 
return policy, as well as a three-year war- 
ranty for parts and labor with three years 
of coverage for the backlight. 



WHY IT'S TIME TO BUY 

Because prices are potentially bottoming 
out — at least for the near term — this may 
be the perfect time to buy a flat-panel 
monitor. And there are many solid 
reasons to do so. 

LCDs tend to have sharper focus than 
CRTs. This is especially true for flat-panel 
displays that are connected to the PC via 
a digital interface. Unlike CRTs, the pixel 
pitch, which is expressed in either pixels per 
inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi), doesn't vary 
much between models and manufacturers. 

LCD monitors are also much easier on 
the eyes. Because their pixels remain lit 
longer, they're usually flicker- free. If your 
eyes hurt after staring at your CRT for 
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from a flat-panel display. 

Flat panels also consume significantly less 
power, saving money on electricity bills. 
Samsung, for example, claims its 15 -inch 
SyncMaster 570vTFT ($449) uses just 30 per- 
cent of the juice needed to power a similar- 
size CRT, or about as much electricity as a 25- 
watt light bulb. Sharp has a Savings Tracker 
on its Web site (www.sharp-business.com) that 
calculates the savings you'll garner by switch- 
ing to an LCD. At press time, the potential 
savings it calculated ranged from $15 to $40 a 
year, depending on how much the monitor is 
used and the local going rate for electricity. 

Sleek styling and efficient design are two 
other reasons why flat-panel monitors have 
become increasingly popular. Not only do 
they have a futuristic flair, but they let you 
reclaim a considerable patch of desk real 
estate. Sharp, for example, says its flat-panel 
monitors require 60 percent less room than 
comparable CRTs. Because LCD screens are 
so thin, the screen and base together usually 
have a depth of less than 8 inches. If you have 
a narrow desk, you may favor a display with 
an especially compact design, such as NEC- 
Mitsubishi's 15-inch MultiSync LCD 1530V 
($479), which is a svelte 6 inches deep. 

A final advantage is LCDs' extremely low 
radiation emissions. While there's no proven 
link between CRT-monitor radiation and 
health problems, many users prefer to play it 
safe. CRTs have dramatically improved their 
emissions ratings over the past 10 years, but 




The 15-inch ViewSonic VP150m displays high-end 
features such as 160-degree viewing angles, stereo 
speakers, and dual analog/digital connectors. 



LCDs are — and likely will remain — far superi- 
or on this score because they don't employ 
radiation-emitting cathode-ray tubes. 

CAVEATS AND CONSIDERATIONS 

As with any newer technology, one of the 
downsides of LCDs tends to be higher 
prices. Even with the recent reductions, 
flat-panel displays can sell for two, three, or 
even four times as much as a CRT with a 
comparable viewing area. 

Keep in mind, however, that screen sizes 
are measured in differing ways. With CRTs, 
the viewable screen size is generally an inch 
smaller than the advertised size; with LCDs, 
the screen size and advertised size are identi- 
cal. A 1 5-inch LCD monitor is considered 
roughly equivalent to a 17-inch CRT, based 
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sharper screen. Similarly, a 17-inch LCD is 
said to provide the same viewing space as a 
19-inch CRT, an 18-inch LCD is equivalent to 
a 20-inch CRT, and so on. Using this formula, 
a $400-to-$500 15-inch LCD monitor still 
costs about twice as much as a good-quality 
17-inch CRT 

In addition to higher prices, flat-panel dis- 
plays have narrower viewing angles than their 
CRT forebears. The result? As you move off- 
center, the screen appears darker and less 
detailed. In general, however, LCD monitors 
have improved their viewing angles, although 
you can still find wide differences among 
models. For example, Dell Computer's 15- 
inch 1 503 FP ($499) has a horizontal viewing 
angle of 100 degrees and a vertical viewing 
angle of 80 degrees, while Princeton Graphic 
Systems' 1 5-inch SENergy 560 ($649) is rated 
for horizontal and vertical angles of 160 
degrees. If you plan to use your monitor just 
for yourself, the narrow viewing angles 
shouldn't be a problem. But if you use your 
monitor for presentations, take these 
numbers into account. 

LCDs are also prone to slight ghosting on 
fast-moving images, such as those created by 
animation, DVD playback, or arcade games. 
Although an LCD's slow pixel response time 
can eliminate flicker, it can also blur the 
screen when an image moves faster than the 
screen can update the pixels. As with viewing 
angles, some LCD monitors perform better 
than others. If video playback is important to 
you, look for monitors with a 20ms to 30ms 
pixel-refresh response time. Two 25ms con- 
tenders include the Princeton SENergy 560 



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The Princeton LCD 15 includes stereo speakers 
and is aggressively priced at $399. 



and the 15-inch Eizo Nanao FlexScan L365 
($550). Many other LCD monitors have a 
rating that ranges from 40ms to 50ms. The 
pixel response time is often hard to find in 
advertisements and is sometimes quoted as 
separate rising and falling numbers. To deter- 
mine the overall response time, simply add 
the rising and falling numbers. 

Another important issue is the monitor's 
video interface. Some have an analog VGA 
connection, while others are equipped with a 
digital DVI-D connection, and some provide 
a dual option — both VGA analog and DVI-D 
connectors, or a single DVI-I connector with 
the wires for both analog and digital. For 
example, Philips' 15-inch 150X ($749) has a 
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What's ahead for flat-panels? For 
starters, sky-high pixel pitches. 

Martin Reynolds, a research fellow with 
Gartner, expects LCD pixel pitches to reach 
as high as 200dpi, a feat far beyond 
the capabilities of CRTs. "When 
you get to 1 50dpi LCDs, the 
CRTs won't be able to match 
that," explains Reynolds. "A 
really, really good CRT can 
only do I 1 0dpi to 120dpi. 
And even that's difficult." 

Reynolds predicts that 
higher-resolution LCD moni- 
tors will be broadly available in 
about two years. "They're not 
going to be a lot more expensive than 
the current displays, though small volumes 
might drive up the overall price," he says. 
"They're not much more expensive to 
manufacture." 

Further on, the LCD will probably be 




replaced by a newer technology called 
organic light-emitting diode (OLED). OLED 
screens consist of polymers that produce 
their own light, rather than relying on a 
backlight. These displays are brighter, thin- 
ner, and consume less electricity than LCD- 
based screens. "We're about five 
years away from seeing those in 
the market," says Reynolds. 
Other developing display 
technologies promise to 
process 3D images without 
requiring that you wear 
funny glasses. Several ver- 
•4l Fn sions of this technology are 
being tested and even sold in 
specialized markets. For 
instance, Dynamic Digital Depth 
(www.ddd.com) sells LCD screens 
that display 3D movies and presentations. 
The drawback: You have to convert the 
movies and presentations to a proprietary 
format to make them compatible with the 
3D technology. 



DVI-I to VGA adapter and a DVI-I to DVI-D 
connector. 

Why all the fuss about a digital connec- 
tion? If your graphics card has a digital out- 
put, and your LCD monitor has a digital 
input, you can avoid two unnecessary conver- 
sions of the video signal: from digital to ana- 
log, and from analog back to digital. The bot- 
tom line: Digitally connected LCDs have 
sharper screens. 

Few flat panels have been available with 
digital connectors, but that's changing. 
Graphics cards have been even slower to 
change, in part because of the lack of digital- 
equipped monitors, the limited room on the 
card's backplate, and the added cost of having 
two connectors or including adapters. It's still 
hard to find a graphics card with a DVI con- 
nector, though some are out there. If you're 
purchasing a new system, your best bet is to 
buy from a company that will let you cus- 
tomize the components. A dual-interface 
monitor may cost you a little more, but it's 
worth it. That's because your monitor will 
likely outlive your current desktop, so DVI 
connectivity is a way to keep your display 
ready for the future. 

SIZE SETS THE PRICE 

Screen size is likely to be the primary con- 
sideration when purchasing an LCD. 
Expect to pay about $400 to $1,400 for a 
15-inch model, about $800 to $1,800 for a 
17-inch unit, and about $900 to $2,700 for an 
18-inch model. Because 15-inch LCDs have a 
usable display area that's similar to that of a 
17-inch CRT, you'll find more options in this 
size than any other. The 15-inch LCDs usually 
have a native resolution of 1,024 by 768. 

If you're looking for a quality monitor 
with multimedia features, check out 
Hewlett-Packard's L1510 ($518). It has built- 
in speakers, a microphone, and a headphone 




With a resolution of 1,280 by 1,024, Philips' 170B 
17-inch flat panel handles both analog and digital 
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jack. If you want top-notch specs at an 
attractive price, consider a model such as 
ViewSonic's VPl50m ($545). It has both 
analog and digital connectors, 160-degree 
horizontal and vertical viewing angles, a 
25ms pixel response time, and stereo speak- 
ers. Princeton's LCD15, with stereo 
speakers, is also a good deal at $399. 

The 1 7-inch display is a relatively new 
option. This size usually has a native resolu- 
tion of 1,280 by 1,024. Standouts in the 
17-inch category include Princeton's LCD 17 
($899), which features a 400-to-l contrast 
ratio, and Samsung's SyncMaster 170T 
($1,039), which has a 24-step image-enhance- 
ment control. Also consider Philips' 170B 
($1,099), which has an optional protective 
cover to minimize LCD-panel damage. 

Because 1 7-inch flat panels have been sig- 
nificantly less expensive to manufacture than 
18-inch units, the 18-inch models have suf- 
fered an identity crisis. It's hard to justify pay- 
ing hundreds of dollars more for an 1 8-incher, 
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The sleek NEC MultiSync LC01830 packs a 
panoramic 18-inch display into an extra-slim 
footprint. 



tion (1,280 by 1,024) as a 17-inch. This price 
difference has begun to narrow as manufac- 
turers have adjusted their production meth- 
ods. For example, NEC now uses a precut 
panel that's large enough to yield six 15 -inch 
screens or four 18-inch screens. As a result, 
during the second quarter NEC-Mitsubishi 
reduced the price of its 1 8-inch MultiSync 
LCD1830 from $1,899 to $1,099. 

You can also purchase 20-inch and larger 
flat panels, but expect to pay big bucks — 
$2,000 or more — for these big screens. That 
price range makes them more a specialty 
item for niche markets, such as investment 
firms and trade shows, where space is at a 
premium. Above 30 inches, the market 
switches over to plasma screens, which cost 
less to manufacture than LCD screens at 




Samsung's 17-inch SyncMaster 170T features 
one-button calibration, advanced image scaling, 
and a high 400-to-l contrast ratio. 



these very large sizes. Plasma screens are 
brighter, offer higher contrast ratios, and sup- 
port wider viewing angles, but they also have 
a relatively low resolution for their size. With 
prices ranging from about $6,000 to $28,000, 
and sizes from 37 inches to 61 inches, plasma 
screens are most likely to be found in board- 
rooms, conference rooms, and public 
venues — or in the living rooms of the 
wealthy. 

SHOPPING LIST 

After settling on a screen size, you need to 
carefully consider a few other key attrib- 
utes. Look for a monitor whose bright- 
ness is consistent across the screen. While 
the liquid-crystal technology ensures consis- 
tent sharpness, sometimes the backlight is 
positioned poorly, causing some areas of the 
display to appear darker. Also, the screen 
should support 24-bit color (often stated as 
16.7 million colors). Some users complain 
that LCD colors aren't as accurate as CRT 
colors, so if color fidelity is important, insist 
on viewing photographic images that you 
are familiar with. Check to see if the screen 
handles text well, especially at sizes of 8 
points or smaller. 

Look for a contrast ratio of at least 200-to- 
1. CRT monitors usually have a better con- 
trast range than LCD monitors, so buying a 
flat panel with a 300-to-l to 400-to-l ratio can 
help to close that gap. (If buying by mail 
order, demand a no-questions-asked, full- 
refund return policy so that you'll be able to 
test the display without paying a penalty.) 

Because the pixels on an LCD screen are 
fixed in size, these monitors are optimized for 
a specific resolution. Some are better than 
others at simulating non-native resolutions, 



though the result inevitably looks blocky, 
with scattered imperfections. If your work 
requires a variety of desktop resolutions, 
either favor an LCD monitor that intelligently 
smoothes over the imperfections, or — better 
yet — stick with a CRT. Even though LCD 
monitors are immune from some CRT- 
centric problems such as misconvergence, 
you'll still need a full array of color and geo- 
metric adjustments. Most models include an 
auto-adjustment button that automatically 
sets many of the control settings. 

Some units are outfitted with additional 
features such as a USB hub or an antitheft- 
lock slot. If you use your system for desktop 
publishing, look for an LCD with a pivoting 
frame for positioning the screen in either a 
landscape or portrait orientation. 

Most flat-panel monitors have a three-year 
warranty for parts and labor; many cover the 
backlight for the full three years, though 
some extend only one year of protection. Be 
sure to ask about the manufacturer's quick- 
exchange program. Often available only dur- 
ing the first year, this type of policy can help 
you avoid having to wait weeks for a replace- 
ment monitor in case of a malfunction. 

FLAT-PANEL FUTURE 

Is there an LCD in your future? If your 
needs match LCDs' benefits, consider 
upgrading your monitor or purchasing 
your next system with a flat-panel display. If 
you live in an area with high electricity prices, 
you may be able to recoup the additional cost 
over the years you use the display. And if your 
workspace is limited or your eyes often 
strained, you'll reap the benefits immediately. 

If you do decide to purchase a flat panel, 
you'll be in good — or at least abundant — 
company. Alexander of Stanford Resources 
expects LCDs to soar in market share, espe- 
cially in Japan, where living space is limited, 
and in Europe, where environmental stan- 
dards are tougher than in the United States. 
She predicts Japan's current 50 percent mar- 
ket share for LCD screens will rise to nearly 
100 percent by 2007. "Once [an industry] gets 
to a certain penetration rate with a new tech- 
nology, it becomes a headache even to carry 
the older technology,'' she says. 

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Maybe you shun Internet Explorer 
because you think Microsoft is an evil 
empire, and its hard-drive-hogging 
software is more than you need or 
want. And maybe you gave up on 
Netscape Navigator when its version 6.0 arrived with 
more bugs than a Louisiana swamp. Or it could be that 
you simply march to the beat of a different drummer. 
Regardless of your motivation for bypassing the big 
boys of Web browsers, you have some pretty appeal- 
ing substitutes from which to choose. 



Indie browsers can 
deliver speedier 
surfing, innovative 
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alternatives exist, but we'll take a look at 
three that are ready for prime time, have 
gained a following, or that offer unique quali- 
ties with broad appeal: the Enigma Browser, 
NeoPlanet, and Opera for Windows. All three 
are available in free downloadable versions, 
and both Enigma and Opera provide low-cost 
upgrade versions. Enigma and Opera employ 
their own browser engines, while NeoPlanet 
runs on top of Internet Explorer. 

In addition to simply providing an alter- 
native to the two market leaders, Enigma 
and Opera are both much smaller and faster 
programs. Their lean design is helpful if 
you have an older, slower PC with less 
memory and disk space. It's also advanta- 
geous to those who use a dial-up Internet 
connection rather than cable or DSL. 

A couple of popular alternative browsers 
didn't make our list. NetCaptor (www. 
netcaptor.com) is still in beta tests, and it not 
only runs on top of Internet Explorer but 
also looks very similar. The other, Mozilla 
(www.mozilla.org), is a dead ringer for 
Navigator, no doubt because it's the engine 
on which Netscape's browser runs. 

The iconoclasts among you may find that 
any one of the three browsers we explore is a 
worthy alternative to Internet Explorer or 
Navigator. At the very least, each offers 
features that can spice up your surfing. 

ENIGMA BROWSER 3.6.0 



EDITORS' RATING 6.8 



SERVICE AND SUPPORT 6 

VALUE 7 



EASE OF USE 7 

FEATURES 6 

PERFORMANCE 8 

PROS: Extremely small download; runs well on older machines; stable 

and versatile 

CONS: Unappealing interface 

Available in freeware and $20 ver- 
sions (Enigma Browser 3.6.0 and 
Enigma Browser Gold Edition 4.5, 
respectively), Enigma is a product of Sutton 
Designs. Both Enigmas are very small 
browsers that, while using standard 
Windows core components, do not require 
Internet Explorer to be installed. 

The two Enigma browsers are by far the 
smallest downloads, delivering the most 
compact installation sizes in this group. The 
freeware version is a mere 390K download, 
and it occupies 443 K of hard drive space 
when installed. The Gold Edition is a 474K 
download that consumes 906K installed. 
These Spartan requirements make Enigma a 
good candidate for machines with limited 
hard drive space. 

As you might expect from the file sizes, 
the interface, while logically designed, is a 
bit spare. In fact, Sutton Designs appears to 



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be somewhat graphically challenged: Both 
the Enigma browsers and the company's 
Web site look as though they were crafted 
by engineers. Nonetheless, both browsers 
seemed positively bulletproof, handling 
secure sites, JavaScript, and QuickTime 
video without a single stumble. 

The Gold Edition has a reoptimized ker- 
nel that boosts "speed and stability," accord- 
ing to the company, but the list of addition- 
al features over the freeware version is oth- 
erwise relatively slim: SSL Secure Mode 
detection, cache and cookie management, a 
larger Hot Links panel, an AutoComplete 
URL feature, and a View Source command 
that can be set to a specific editor. And the 
tight little freeware version has an additional 
plus: It doesn't require you to look at ads, 
unlike Opera's free version. 

NEOPLANET 5.2 



EDITORS' RATING 7.4 



EASE OF USE 7 

FEATURES 7 

PERFORMANCE 7 

PROS: Choice of 595 skins; great features 
CONS: Requires Internet Explorer 



SERVICE AND SUPPORT 6 

VALUE I 



The aim of NeoPlanet isn't to be small- 
er or faster than other browsers, but 
to be cooler. You'll find plenty of 
handy features in NeoPlanet, which is ad- 
supported freeware that runs on top of 
Internet Explorer's browsing engine, but its 
extensive library of 595 skins is the big draw. 
These skins have personality to spare, with 
themes ranging from Jack Daniels to 
Christian, with sports, rock-band, and gothic 
motifs in between. One motif even makes 
NeoPlanet look like Internet Explorer. 
Add to those possibilities several 
appealing features, including a channel bar 
that serves up a new take on organizing 
bookmarks and favorites. NeoPlanet also 
employs a technology in which the brows- 
er tries to understand a URL you're search- 



ing for but may have mistyped. It first 
attempts to append every possible URL 
convention around the core phrase you've 
typed ("www." or not, ".com," ".net," 
".org," and so on). Then, if it still cannot 
deliver a result, NeoPlanet searches the 
phrase using Lycos' HotBot search engine. 
(You'll also find an entry box for searches 
above the main window that's dedicated to 
HotBot.) The browser also includes a 
download manager and a Modem Speed 
Booster. 

NeoPlanet also hosts numerous Lycos 
discussion groups where NeoPlanet users 



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On the Infobahn 

Soon, Opera won't be the only alterna- 
tive browser for Mac users. A German 
company called iCab is putting the final 
touches on its much-anticipated iCab 
browser. 

The upcoming browser will run on 
Macs with 4MB of free RAM, with proces- 
sors dating back to the old Motorola 
68020, and on Mac OS 7.0. 1 and later, 
provided certain configuration settings are 
made and drivers such as MacTCP are 
loaded. You can download a preview ver- 
sion of iCab from the company's Web site 
(www.icab.de), which is published in both 
English and German. The preview version 
is available in English, German, Japanese, 
and Mandarin Chinese. 

Though iCab is currently free, the 
company intends to charge $29 for it upon 
release. A freeware version will follow. 

The company prides itself on iCab's 
small program size, fast execution speed, 
and use of true HTML code, rather than 
the adulterated versions favored by its 
larger rivals. It seems likely that iCab's nat- 
ural competition will be Opera, its Mac- 
compatible European neighbor. Opera's 
cross-platform appeal and established rep- 
utation could pose formidable competition 
for any upstart browser. 




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congregate as a virtual community, swapping 
skins, discussing improvements, and provid- 
ing support tips. The browser has a channel 
bar to the right of the main window, beneath 
which is a small square displaying ads. 
Since NeoPlanet runs on top of 
Internet Explorer (it requires version 4.0 or 
higher), it can't really claim to be faster. In 
fact, NeoPlanet is marginally slower than 
Internet Explorer because of the extra 
overhead. It's only a 3.34MB download, 
however, and takes up just 3.9MB installed. 
Keep in mind that because Internet 
Explorer does all the heavy lifting, you 
have to have it installed on your PC before 
you start using NeoPlanet. And that adds 
considerably to hard drive space require- 
ments, since Internet Explorer 5.0 is a 
25MB download and takes up a whopping 
minimum of 45MB when installed. 

OPERA FOR WINDOWS 5.12 



EDITORS' RATING 7.8 



EASE OF USE 7 SERVICE AND SUPPORT 6 

FEATURES 8 VALUE I 

PERFORMANCE 8 

PROS: Strong features; excellent keyboard shortcuts; Google search 

engine 

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browser. In addition to Windows, the 
Oslo, Norway-based company offers ver- 
sions of Opera for Mac OS (currently in 
beta), Linux, BeOS, EPOC, OS/2, Solaris, 
and QNX. The browser is available in 17 
languages. 

Opera for Windows 5.12 can be down- 
loaded with or without Java. The Java ver- 
sion is a 9.98MB download, and the Java- 
free version is a mere 2.19MB. This is a 
complete communications program, with 
integrated e-mail, contact manager, mes- 
saging, and more. Like Netscape, Opera 
now uses the excellent Google search 
engine and includes a permanent entry 
box for it at the top of each window. The 
free version of Opera has a small ad box 
located in the top right corner of the 
browser window. 

Opera has some terrific features, all of 
which can be accessed via keyboard short- 
cuts. For example, pressing the "+" key on 
the numeric keypad magnifies the win- 
dow's contents; "-" zooms out, and "*" 
(asterisk) returns the window to normal. 
You can access another notable feature by 
pressing Ctrl+J, which evokes a list of all 




Opera for Windows 5.12 



EDITORS' RATING 

(Rated 1 to 10) 



6.8 



7.4 



7.8 



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NeoPlanet 5.2 



Opera for Windows 5.12 



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Ithaca, NY 

800-326-8119, 607-277-4301 

www.suttondesigns.com 



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480-317-2000 

www.neoplanet.com 



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011-47-24-16-40-00 
www.opera.com 



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links in a given frame that can be cut and 
pasted into another document. Graphics 
are turned on or off with a keystroke 
("G"), and Print Preview appears with the 
simple press of the "P" key. 

Though we like the keyboard shortcuts, 
many of them are far from mnemonic, 
such as Ctrl+T to bookmark a page. In 
fairness to Opera, pressing Ctrl+B brings 



Browser Beat J 



If you want to follow all the developments 
in the Web-browser market, set your 
sites on BrowserWatch (browserwatch. 
internet.com). This resource regularly 
posts the latest news on just about any 
browser that's out there, along with 
links to download sites. It 
even has a listing of 
which browsers are 
compatible with dif- 
ferent operating 
systems. 




up the entire list of keyboard shortcuts. 
Also, when the program launches, it 
defaults to opening three small browser 
windows simultaneously, including a 
MyOpera portal that is blank until you 
configure it. The result is a lot of needless 
clutter. We did note, however, that the 
Linux version of Opera only opens a single 
window. 

Only rarely does a page not render 
properly — a frame might be incorrectly 
positioned, for example, on a page that the 
other browsers handle with aplomb. And 
though Opera flawlessly imported all of 
our favorite sites from Internet Explorer, it 
buried them three layers deep in a menu. 

Nonetheless, Opera is one of the most 
customizable browsers around. Chances 
are, if there's anything about the interface 
that you don't like, you can change it. 

THREE CHARMERS 

All three of these browsers work well. 
Opera edges its competitors by virtue of 
its extensive features and superior speed. If 
you have an aging PC or a slow Internet 
connection, one of the Enigma browsers is 
a good choice. And if you're happy with 
Internet Explorer but want a cool new 
look, NeoPlanet has a new skin or two for 
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Microsoft's new operating system is 
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about Microsoft: It 
never sleeps. Just when 
we were getting used to Windows Me and 
2000, Microsoft wipes the slate clean with a 
version of the operating system that eclipses 
everything that's come before. 

What's the big deal about Windows XP? 
Aside from the name change and a spiffed- 
up interface, it's probably the most impor- 
tant version of the operating system since 
Windows 95. 

Under the hood, it isn't even the same 
Windows anymore. The old Windows 
9x/Me kernel and OS structure, including 
DOS, is dead and gone. XP is 32-bit code 
from top to toe, using the same core technol- 
ogy as Windows NT and 2000. As a result, 
Windows 9x drivers won't work with your 
hardware, but XP supports the vast majority 
of existing hardware out of the box. And 
although DOS itself may be extinct, DOS 
applications will still run in emulation mode, 
including games that require sound. 

At press time, Microsoft had not released 
prices for either Windows XP Home (the con- 
sumer edition of the OS) or XP Professional 
(for advanced users). Experts estimate XP 



Home will cost between $125 and $199, and 
XP Professional will cost between $250 and 
$300. Both are scheduled to be released on 
October 25, unless state or federal courts 
block XP in response to antitrust action. 

For testing, we set up two systems with 
a late beta version of XP Home — a 
500MHz Pentium III laptop with 128MB 
of RAM and a 12GB hard drive running 
Windows 2000 Server, and a "naked" 
1.1 GHz Dell Pentium 4 with 256MB of 
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Windows XP is a snap. If Windows is already 
installed on your system, just pop in the CD, 
follow the onscreen prompts, and wait. If 
you're installing XP on a clean system or 
want to force a clean install, boot directly 
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ing did. We even had sample data files on 
the hard drive during the upgrade, and they 
remained intact throughout the process. 

The second phase of setup, including 
hardware detection and time-zone settings, 
resembles Windows Me installation with its 
time-left-for-install progress bar and splashy 
graphics. 

The last installation step is product acti- 
vation, part of Microsoft's antipiracy initia- 
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sum number based on an analysis of your 
hardware and the serial number from your 
disk sleeve. This number is hashed for secu- 
rity and sent to Microsoft, which returns a 
number that activates the operating system. 
That's it. Activating XP over the Net in our 
tests never took more than 30 seconds. 

The downside: XP forces you to reactivate 
by phone if enough of your hardware 
changes at one time. Changing graphics 
cards or unplugging USB hardware, however, 
isn't enough to trigger activation, and there's 
no limit to the number of times you can acti- 
vate a given system. 

Still, the activation process has many pri- 
vacy and consumer advocates gnashing their 
teeth. Although it's simple enough to acti- 



vate XP — even over the phone — ease of acti- 
vation isn't their main concern. At issue is 
the system snoop, which collects data about 
your PC to produce the unique code it 
sends to Microsoft. Whether XP will suc- 
cessfully prevent casual piracy or simply 
frustrate honest consumers who upgrade 
their systems is a hard question and makes 
activation one of the most troubling aspects 
of the OS. 

If you're setting up XP on a replacement 
system you can connect to the original 
machine, it pays to fire up the Files and 
Settings Transfer wizard after installation to 
import data such as your Outlook Express 
files, Internet Explorer settings, and dial-up 
connections. If you're transferring a lot of 
files, run a network or direct cable connec- 
tion (something you'll need to provide your- 



self) between the two machines. The wizard 
also lets you build a disk to transfer files 
from systems that don't already have the 
wizard installed; most systems won't. 

HOW IT LOOKS, HOW IT WORKS 

On our laptop, XP booted in less 
than a minute. You won't find an 
overall boo tup progress bar, just an 
animated bar that shows loading is taking 
place, as in Windows 9x. The desktop PC 
booted in slightly less time (probably because 
it didn't have to enumerate PC Cards). 

Because XP is based on a multiuser ker- 
nel, the way it handles users and logins has 
changed. You can now switch between user 
accounts on the fly without having to log 
out or log back in again. This can get 
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remain open, but it makes it easier to 
segregate applications on a per-user basis. 

The interface has been dressed up, but 
the basic functions are 
still here, in more or 
less the same format. 
The Start menu has 
received the most visi- 
ble and profound 
makeover. Clicking the 
Start button now pops 
up a two-column list, 
with the left side listing 
the last several pro- 
grams launched. 

Above that list are 
some commonly used 
apps you can lock into 
place. Internet Explorer 
and Outlook Express 

are the default choices, but you can replace 
or remove them with a simple right-click. 
Adding new items is a matter of dragging 
and dropping them onto the menu. 

The desktop is now less cluttered, 
although Microsoft is allowing OEMs to add 
icons of their own. Former desktop fix- 



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which means better performance. It also means 
you'll need at least 1 28MB of RAM for decent 
performance. 

E3 Revised user interface. Some of the new 
interface is eye candy; some is genuinely worth- 
while. The new Start menu and the option to hide 
icons in the System Tray, for instance, are useful, 
and you can disable them if you don't like them. 
Though the help system remains far from perfect, 
it now turns up some useful results. 
C9 Safety and recovery tools. System Recovery 
and System File Protection make it harder to dam- 
age the OS by deleting the wrong thing or unin- 
stalling something that takes crucial files with it. 
IS Multimedia extensions. In addition to the 
shell intelligently recognizing and cataloging media 
files, XP contains low-level system services for 
media streams, including functions to augment 
features such as nonlinear video editing. 
ES Reworked networking. Roaming network 
profiles and a rewritten network setup wizard take 
a lot of the headache out of getting networked at 
home or in the office, although there's still a feature 
or two missing, such as roaming drive-mapping. 



tures — My Documents, My 
Network Places, My 
Computer — now reside in 
the Start menu's right-hand 
column. If you liked having 
those icons on the desktop, 
you can always put them 
back by right-clicking the 
Start button or the desktop. 
Don't worry about clutter 
building up; Windows XP 
offers to sweep unused 
desktop icons into a sub- 
folder every 60 days. 

Similar smart touches 
abound. You can now col- 
lapse or expand the System 
Tray to hide or reveal icons. Windows 
Explorer's default view now has task links in 
the left-hand column that change depending 
on the folder. Themed folders, such as My 
Pictures, display a preview of what's inside. 
Plus, if you create an empty folder and fill it 
with a number of files of the same type, the 
system will guess what kind of folder 
you're creating — a document folder, an 
image gallery, an MP3 archive — and 
turn on the appropriate features. (You 
can edit them later.) 

The OS also demonstrates intelli- 
gence in handling multimedia tasks 
such as transferring images from a digi- 
tal camera or printing files. For 
instance, plug in a digital camera, and 
XP automatically recognizes the cam- 
era and file formats, then pops up an 
intuitive wizard for shuttling the 
images to your hard drive. Similarly, 
when viewing those images, XP pro- 
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used XP's Compatibility mode, which uses a 
number of system-level tricks to fool older 
programs into thinking they're running on a 
compatible OS and provides services such as 
DOS-emulation sound support for pro- 
grams that need it. There's no guarantee 
every program will run, but the effort that's 
been put into making older programs work 
is laudable. 

Microsoft didn't expend the same effort 
when it came to the latest hardware stan- 
dards. Support for USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 
are missing from the box, but they'll be 
added shortly afterwards, probably via 
Windows Update. 

These standards are relatively new, how- 
ever. Conventional USB 1.0 products 
worked fine, and our IEEE 1394 (Fire Wire) 
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that neophytes 
and pros alike 
will appreciate. 
So XP looks 
good, but how 
does it work? 

We threw a horde of applications at the 
OS and were pleasantly surprised at 
how well everything ran, including 
older 16-bit apps, such as the video 
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indows XP handled both dial-up 
and broadband connectivity with 
aplomb in our tests. Our main 
network connection was a cable modem, 
which we normally ran through a Windows 
2000 server. We tested it through our 

Windows XP desk- 
top machine and not 
only got the desktop 
machine on the Net, 
but got the rest of 
our machines to 
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through it without 
too much work. You 
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some essential info, 
though, such as 
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Networking is another area that's received 
a major overhaul. A step-by-step wizard makes 
adding an XP PC to a network much simpler. 
The wizard also takes the time to explain and 
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Networking on notebooks has also been 
reworked using a profile system, so that you 
can plug into one network at home and 
another at work without having to reconfig- 
ure system settings each time. Microsoft 
admits that automatic remapping of shared 
drives when you change locales doesn't 
work yet, but it intends to add the feature 
shortly after release. 

It's unwise to connect your home net- 
work to the Internet without security mea- 
sures in place. As a first line of defense, XP 
comes with a built-in firewall. Personal 
Firewall rebuffs most common attacks, and 
it also prevents even well-intentioned users 
from gaining access to your shared drives. A 
hostile Trojan horse already on our system 
was able to send outbound messages with- 
out problems, however. Personal Firewall is 
no substitute for a robust product, such as 
BlacklCE Defender or ZoneAlarm — nor is 
it meant to be — but it's a good start. 

FUN AND GAMES 

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XP is all work and no play. 
Windows Media Player for 
Windows XP, the newest edition of 
Microsoft's all-in-one audio /video pro- 
gram, seems to be the most-hyped part 
of XP. We had nothing but trouble with 
Media Player 7, finding it too big (both in 
terms of memory footprint and screen 
acreage), too clumsy, and way too unsta- 
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of supercompact apps such as Winamp, 
you probably won't like it. 

The new version does offer a cleaner 
interface, although it's not always an intu- 
itive one — first-timers are likely to confuse 
Media Guide with Media Library, for exam- 
ple. New features include the ability to copy 
multimedia files to a portable device or 
burn them to a CD. Some file types, such as 
WMA, may have restrictions associated with 



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copying, and Media Player 
for XP honors them reli- 
giously. The player also sup- 
ports the native ripping of 
CDs into Windows Media- 
format files or MP3s, 
although you can rip MP3s 
only at low resolution, due 
to licensing issues with the 
patent holders of the MP3 
format. The new WMA for- 
mat sounds good at 96KHz 
but still rather warbly at 
64KHz, and not all portable 
devices support it. 

Media Player for XP can 
play almost any video file 
you throw at it, except 
QuickTime. DVD playback 
requires a third-party soft- 
ware or hardware decoder; 
again, this is due to a licens- 
ing issue. Including a DVD 
codec would likely have 
driven up the cost of XP 
by about $10. 

We tried the new Media 
Player with a DVD codec courtesy of 
PowerDVD 3.0, and it worked perfectly. 
Media Player for XP displays cover art, chap- 
ter titles, and meta-information about most 
DVDs when you insert the disc. The same 
goes for CDs, and when you rip CDs to 
WMA files, the metadata goes with the file. 

As for games, XP ships with the usual 
suspects — FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire, 
Minesweeper, and Pinball — along with a host 
of Internet-based card and board games that 
run through one of Microsoft's servers. 

ARE YOU XPERIENCED? 

^JTT^^ dvanced users will find XP 

I enhances features from Windows 

^JiU 2000 and Me. System File Pro- 
tection guards against corruption of criti- 
cal system files by keeping backup copies 
in a protected directory. If anything's 
changed illegitimately, XP replaces the 
changed file with the backup. We random- 
ly deleted several key files after booting off 
a floppy, just to see what would happen. 
Sure enough, the system automatically 
fixed the problem and came back up fine. 
Expert system hackers can find a way to 
turn off System File Protection, however. 
Remote Assistance is probably XP's best 
new tool, but it has some serious limitations. 
Remote Assistance lets you invite someone 



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Yes, that's a lot. If you have a 
4GB or smaller hard drive, 
consider upgrading. You can get 
a 20GB drive for less than $100. 

Many machines too old to run XP 
won't have the needed graphics 
card, anyway. AGP is best; PCI 
video is acceptable if you're not 
running Quake XVIII. 

One or the other will do. DVD is 
fun but not essential; CD-RW is 
useful for backup, and XP can use 
it natively. 



Network adapter/ 
Internet access 



Indispensable. A PC without Net 
access is a lame duck (or a very 
secure duck, depending on how 
you look at it). 



else to control your computer remotely over 
a network connection. Before you scream 
"security hole," realize that the process is gov- 
erned by some pretty good security mea- 
sures. For someone else to control the PC, 
you need to send that person a password- 
protected invitation that expires. Once you 
receive a response, the remote user connects 
and is presented with a virtual copy of your 
desktop. Even over a dial-up connection, the 
results are impressive. As a further security 
measure, the user can't take control of any- 
thing unless you explicitly allow it. Remote 
Assistance has trouble working through fire- 
walls or over network-address-translation 
schemes, so its use may be limited to those 
who don't run such protection. 

Although the help system has been thor- 
oughly rewritten, consolidating resources 
from the OS's help files and the Microsoft 
Knowledge Base, it still has limitations. We 
typed in "backup" and found articles on 
System Restore and on backing up licenses, 
but nothing on the built-in backup program. 
When we typed in "CD-RW," though, we 
got an article on how to burn CD-RWs 
using XP's built-in CD-burning features. 

XP's backup utility is the Windows 2000 
backup program with a few minor changes. 
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in the event XP needs manual repairs. 
Curiously, the utility wasn't present on any 
of the program menus; we had to search for 
it and launch it manually 

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against disaster. It lets you create a kind of 
systemwide bookmark of changes to such 
things as device drivers or system DLLs. In 
the event of a problem, you can revert to 
an earlier system state. Personal files such 
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enough, we got both apps back, although 
PowerDVD returned a general protection 
fault when we ran it. We've since filed a 
bug report. 

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£** W veryone who can run XP proba- 
1 bly should. Even if you bought 
^bhJ^F a powerful new system with 
Windows Me or 98 preinstalled, you'll like- 
ly be startled by the difference XP makes. 
If you just got settled in with Windows 
2000, however, there's no need to rush to 
XP because you're already getting 90 per- 
cent of XP's core benefits — unless you 
want the newest features that don't appear 
in Windows 2000, such as System Restore. 

If you're leery of the product-activation 
scheme on moral, ethical, or personal 
grounds, steer clear of XP for now, and 
perhaps pick up Windows 2000 instead. It 
may lack XP's niftiest features, but its sta- 
bility and broad spectrum of device com- 
patibility will make most people happy. 

For what it does offer — especially to 
Windows 9x users tired of sacrificing a 
good deal of their machine's speed 
and power to an OS hobbled by 1995 
technology — Windows XP is, at the very 
least, worth serious consideration. ▼ 



What Won't Work 



ore than a few older products 
won't work with XP, and some 
cutting-edge stuff is so cutting- 
edge that XP can't handle it yet. 
XP's help system has a direct link 
to the hardware/software compatibility 
list, so it's easy to check what works and 
what doesn't. Here's a rundown of some 
hardware and software you can expect 
not to work. 



ES ISA cards. Somewhere, we've got a 
huge box of dead ISA graphics and multime- 
dia cards — sound, video capture, TV-out, you 
name it. Not one of them is compatible with 
XR and most have been abandoned by their 
manufacturers. If you're still using ISA-based 
hardware in your system, it's time to ditch it 
and find a substitute. 

ES Nonpr inter parallel-port devices. The 
Connectix parallel-port Web camera we had 
lying around didn't work, but Iomega's Zip 



drive worked in all its 
incarnations. Many parallel- 
port scanners also aren't 
supported out of the box. 

CS Bluetooth and USB 2.0 devices. Well, 
not yet. XP won't support these standards 
out of the box, but Microsoft says support for 
both will be available shortly after XP ships, 
most likely via a service pack or other update. 
CS Some older DOS-based programs, 
and realty old versions of WordPerfect. 
Many DOS programs are limited by the old 
FAT file system, and can't run on current 
computers because of the volume or file 
sizes involved. We've had many older pro- 
grams crash upon loading because they 
couldn't recognize a volume larger than a 
few hundred megabytes. You may get such 
programs to work by putting them in an 
isolated partition, but it's easier to replace 
them with 32-bit equivalents. 



Going 



\ hat sets Windows XP Professional 
apart from XP Home is relevant 
only to those in an office or other 
managed environment. Here's a 
rundown of what XP Professional 
offers that XP Home doesn't. 



ES Computer domain account support. 
XP Professional systems can log on to 
domains via local networks or dial-up connec- 
tions. You can manage domain systems via 
Intellimirror: Log in from any terminal in the 
domain, and your application settings and 
personal preferences "roam" with you. 
S3 Policies. Group policies control settings 
such as access to resources and user permis- 
sions. XP policies can also roam with users 
who log on from the road. Policies and 
domain features are useful if you're on the go 
a lot, or if you have a lot of transient workers 
who show up at different offices. 
CS Multilanguage support. You can 
localize your version of XP by installing 
a language pack, which includes fonts and 
is especially useful for Asian languages. If 
you do multilingual word processing or 
application design, XP Professional makes it 
much easier to localize an app without buy- 
ing the OS again and setting up a messy 
dual-booting scheme. 
ES Security features. XP Professional 
includes such features as on-disk encryption 
through its Encrypting File System, and admin- 
istrative disk shares, which let you access and 
administer a system volume remotely. From 
what we've seen of Encrypting File System, it's 
too easily defeated to be useful; you can find 
third-party encryption solutions that are much 
more robust. What's more, unless you make a 
backup copy of your encryption certificates, 
any files encrypted with Encrypting File System 
will be lost if you're forced to reinstall the OS. 
ES Networking. XP Professional includes 
IPSec protocols (for security) and NetWare 
connectivity. It also lets you command a sys- 
tem remotely through the Remote Desktop. 
(XP Home includes a slightly different ver- 
sion, called Remote Assistance.) The more 
robust networking features are useful only if 
networking is your lifeblood. 
ES Servers. XP Professional's Internet 
Information Server (IIS) lets you create Web 
sites, newsgroups, FTP repositories, and 
e-mail boxes. Its implementation isn't as 
robust as the .Net Server version, but it's a 
great way to "stage" or beta-test applications 
locally before moving them to a production 
system. It's also a useful way to provide 
departmental or local-network intranet 
support without splurging on .Net Server. 



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Medford, Mass. This season, he's been taking pictures of everyone in the lineup with his 
Olympus digital camera, and using ImageForge Pro software (available at www.cursorarts.com/ 
ca_imf.html) to touch up the photos and add text. 

"I'm printing them in color on my OfficeJet and printing the stats on the back," he says. 
"After the last game, I'm going to present the players on the team with their very own baseball 
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tools, PCs have moved into the center of 
the home as a source of entertainment and 
inventive fun. 

If you own a scanner, inkjet printer, digi- 
tal camera, or camcorder that's starting to 
gather cobwebs for want of interesting 
things to do, dust it off and read on. We'll 
show you where to find a wealth of online 
resources, and free or inexpensive down- 
loadable software. With these tools you can 
harness your peripher- 
als' full power and, 
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with its extensive library of FAQs and 
"Scanning 101" basics, can come to the 
rescue. 

Once you've refined your lens work and 
scanning skills, it's time to share the results 
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Today, even low-cost 
digital cameras, video 
cameras, and scanners 
can produce near- 
professional output. The 
software that ships with 
many peripherals, how- 
ever, leaves much to be 
desired. Fortunately, 
useful alternatives are 
easy to find. 

Before delving into 
new software, though, it 
pays to learn about your 
hardware. The better 
you know how to use 
your equipment, the 
more fun and the less 
frustration you'll have. 
After you've read the 
manual and checked out 
the manufacturer's Web 
site, you can learn even 
more online. 

For the aspiring digi- 
tal photographer, start 
surfing at the Digital 
Camera Resource Page 
(www.dcresource.com). If 
you're seeking in-depth 
photography knowledge 
and techniques, 
ShortCourses (www. 
shortcourses.com) has 
detailed online guides 
that answer many "How can I do that?" 
questions. 

Such questions are often familiar to new 
scanner owners, who may be baffled by the 
arcane terms and techniques involved in 
producing good-looking scans. Sites such as 
ScanSoft's Glossary of Scanning Terms 
(www.scansoft. com /scanners /glossary) , and 
A Few Scanning Tips (www.scantips.com), 



efore throwing your next bash, plan ahead and make it a more memo- 
rable experience by using your PC peripherals in concert with some 
readily available software. 

First, you'll need to draw a crowd, so design and print some nice color 
invitations, complete with photos, using ArcSoft PhotoPrinter LE (home6. 
photoisland.com/photosharing/ppriirterLE.html). For party favors, how 
about customized CDs of some tunes handpicked for the occasion? Design 
a special label and album cover using CD Box Labeler Pro (www. 
gpsoftuk.com/products/cdbox.html). It's a way to "burn" your event into 
the minds of all who attend. 

At the party itself, your PC can serve as both music turntable and lava 
lamp. MP3 players such as Nullsoft Winamp (www.winamp.com) not only 
blast out your tunes but also supply onscreen light shows through their 
support for visualization plug-ins. These plug-ins generate full-screen dis- 
plays that pulsate and change in time to the music. Hundreds are available 
online; download a bunch and let your guests pick and choose. 

Be sure to carry your digital camera during the party, and use it with 
abandon. After you've recovered from the festivities, strip the red-eye out 
of the less incriminating pictures, upload them to an online photo-album 
site (Ofoto, at www.ofoto.com, is a favorite), and send your friends the 
URL so they can relive the fun. 




you don't have your own Web site, an 
online photo-album service can be a good 
way to share your digital snapshots and 
scans. These services typically let you create 
an account and upload photos for free, and 
only charge a fee if you choose to order 
paper prints of your pictures. 

A few of these sites provide introducto- 
ry enticements. At press time, Ofoto 



(www.ofoto.com) offered 15 free prints to 
new customers, while DotPhoto (www. 
dotphoto.com) upped the ante with 60. Print 
quality varies widely, so it's always a good 
idea to order a small batch of prints and see 
whether you're happy with a given compa- 
ny's work before entrusting it with a larger 
order. You can keep tabs on the online- 
photo vendors and their latest deals at the 
Guide to Free Online Photo Albums 

(www.andromeda.com/people/ 
ddyer/ photo Zalbums.html). 

At some sites, you can upload 
your photos to your album 
through a simple HTML form. At 
others, like Club Photo 
(www.cluhphoto.com), you must 
install a browser plug-in that lets 
you drag and drop images. The 
more sophisticated services ease 
the uploading process with custom 
software that not only helps you 
transmit files but converts them to 
Web-compatible JPEG format. 
Some sites provide applications 
such as Club Photo's Living Album 
and Ofoto's OfotoNow that add 
useful features for organizing your 
pictures and performing basic 
retouching, including cropping, 
eliminating red-eye, and adjusting 
brightness and contrast. 

If you have a Palm OS-compati- 
ble device, you'll want to grab a 
copy of Club Photo's Album To 
Go, which transfers images to your 
handheld. It's the 21st-century 
equivalent of carrying pictures of 
your kids in your wallet. 

To spruce up your onscreen pic- 
tures before showing them to the 
world, try PhotoFrame Online 
(www. crea tivepro. com/eservices / 
home). Once you've installed the 
free browser plug-in, you can add 
all sorts of virtual frames and 
borders to your images. 

When you're ready to go 
beyond framing, you'll find that 
professional-level software for edit- 
ing images can be quite expensive 
and video-editing software downright exor- 
bitant. Fortunately, you can find many free 
or low-cost shareware programs that offer 
nearly as many features as their pricier 
shrink-wrapped cousins. 

At least two Windows programs will 
give you quite a bit of image-editing power 
at no cost: 20/20 (www.hotfireeware.com) 
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effects, while Pixia (www.ab.wakwak.com/ 
~knight), long popular in Japan and now 
gaining a following here, has an impressive 
set of features, including layers and multi- 
ple undo levels. If you think you're ready 
for a higher-end graphics package, you can 
download trial versions of Adobe 
Photoshop or the less complex Adobe 
Photoshop Elements (www.adobe.com). You 
can also try competitor Jasc Paint Shop Pro 
(www.jasc. com) . 

Editing soft- 
ware is perhaps 
even more crucial 
for video files. 
The card you 
need to capture 
the video stream 
from your DV 
camera, cam- 
corder, or VCR 
should come 
with at least a 
rudimentary edit- 
ing program. 
Chances are 
you'll want to be 
able to do more 
with your digital 
movies, though, 
like cut and splice 
them, sharpen 
and filter the pic- 
ture, add transi- 
tion effects, or 
overlay titles. 

ABC VideoRoll (www.abctv.com) is a full- 
fledged suite of video-editing tools that is, 
amazingly enough, free. Another fine 
choice for fast, high-quality video capture 
and editing is the free, open-source 
VirtualDub (www.virtualdub.org). For an 
extensive selection of transitions, text styles, 
and other effects, try MovieXone 
(www.aist.com/products/moviexone/ 
moviexone.html). 

Somewhere between still pictures and 
video lie virtual landscapes or panoramas. 
To create these without special camera 
equipment, look no further than The 
Panorama Factory (www.panoramafactory. 
com). This $35 shareware application will 
take a series of still images of a particular 
scene, using different angles, and stitch 
them together into a panoramic whole. (An 
older version of The Panorama Factory 
with fewer features is available for free from 
the same site.) 

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accumulated a drive full of digital pics, 
check out Centarsia (www.alhena-design. 
com/centarsia). This innovative program 
makes tiny thumbnails of your photos 
and uses them as "pixels" to create a 
mosaic version of an image you specify. 
Centarsia is "postcardware," meaning the 



(coollabel.virtualave.net), a $15 shareware 
program, lets you open the appropriate tem- 
plate and either type in the labeling informa- 
tion or insert the CD or disk you want to 
label. The program can read the CD tracks 
or directory contents and place the informa- 
tion onto the appropriate sections of the 
template. Choose some nice fonts, add 
graphics, and you're ready to print. What 
this program calls "CD labels" are jewel-case 




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Halloween comes only once a year, but Internet resources for fun Halloween 
projects are available all year long. 

To get Into the Halloween spirit, it's customary to hack into a pumpkin or two. 
Printing out a template and stenciling it onto the pumpkin can greatly ease the carving 
process. Sites such as Jack- O- Lantern. com (www.jack-o-lantern.com) and Count Pum 
Q. La (www.carvingpatterns.com/pumpkin/pum_home.htm) offer templates you can 
download and print. 

It's always more fun to make your own costume and mask than to buy them. The 
same goes for trick-or-treat bags, hanging skeletons and ghosts, and other bone-chilling 
accessories. The aforementioned Count Pum Q. La's site provides printable masks 
and other craft projects, and the Halloween Crafts page at MakingFriends.com (www. 
makingfriends.com/halloween.htm) offers colorful costume pieces you can print, cut 
out, and assemble. 

If you're planning a haunted house or just want some ambient spookiness to com- 
memorate the season, you'll find plenty of suitably creepy sound files online, such as 
those at the Halloween Sounds Page (users.erols.com/mwrenn). 



author will send you the key to unlock 
the demo software if you send him a 
postcard. 

GET IT DOWN ON PAPER 

In the world of professional publishing, the 
PC is the tool of choice for creating books, 
magazines, and newspapers. And you can 
do almost as well at home. With little more 
than your inkjet and some free or low-cost 
software, you have a versatile machine for 
crafting all kinds of fun and creative 
documents. 

We'll start with a basic: labels. Labeling 
software lets you select from predefined 
templates that fit various types of media, or 
you can create your own custom sizes. You 
can add images and attractively styled text, 
and even color-code your collection. If scis- 
sors and tape don't appeal to you, printer- 
ready sheets of adhesive labels in appropri- 
ate sizes are available from office-supply 
stores. 

Need to label a few CD-Rs? CoolLabel 



inserts; for actual round stick-on CD labels, 
try CD Box Labeler Pro (www.gpsoftuk. 
com /products/ cdbox.html), which comes in 
a free, ad-supported version. 

While you're decorating and organizing 
your media collections, why not organize 
your time by printing your own customized 
calendar? Calendar Builder (www. 
rkssoftware.com/cbinfo.htm), a $19.95 share- 
ware program, comes with a library of 
icons and borders and can produce calen- 
dars in a dozen distinct formats. Import 
your own graphics for added decoration, 
and schedule recurring events, such as 
weekly meetings, that will be printed on 
the appropriate dates. 

Since your calendar will remind you of 
important birthdays and anniversaries, you'll 
need plenty of greeting cards. Loads of elec- 
tronic-greeting-card sites clutter the Web 
(one directory lists more than 1 1,000), but 
only a few of these sites are designed specifi- 
cally for printing. To find a card site by cate- 
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com). Also, the American Greetings site 
(www.americangreetings.com/create) has a 
full line of printable cards. And don't forget 
Blue Mountain, a popular electronic-greet- 
ing-card site that also offers a wide range of 
printable projects in its Print Center 
(www. bluemountain.com /printcenter) . You 
can download Adobe PDF files with designs 
for stickers, photo frames, gift wrap, and 
T-shirt iron-on transfers. Blue Mountain also 
provides links for ordering the appropriate 
special printing supplies. 

Perhaps you're thinking bigger. To break 
out of your printer's confines and create 
something really huge, all you need is some 
tape or glue, plus software that can seg- 
ment a large image onto multiple sheets of 
paper. Many suitable programs are available 
for download, notably the handy Poster 7.2 



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steps: "ripping" the track from the CD onto 
your hard drive, and encoding the resulting 
file into the compressed MP3 format. 
Today's leading audio programs, 
Musicmatch Jukebox (www.musicmatch. 
com) and Realjukebox (www.real.com/ 
jukebox), take care of the whole process, 
and they're downloadable for free. 

For $19.99 or $29.99, respectively, you 
can download the Plus versions of 
Musicmatch Jukebox or Realjukebox to add 
features such as more advanced equaliza- 
tion and mixing, better performance, and 
music-library organization. Or you may 
want to explore some lesser-known pro- 
grams that perform similar functions. The 




Tempting as it may be to take advantage of the nearly unlimited free storage 
space offered by online photo- or MP3-storage sites, you should always keep 
a backup copy of your files on your hard drive or other media. 

Online photo sites, including Ofoto, Club Photo, PhotoWorks, and others, like 
many dot-com operations, may close down or enter a different line of business 
practically overnight. If that happens, preserving your vacation slides won't be the 
company's foremost priority. Also, check in on your photo album regularly, since 
some sites delete inactive albums after a certain period of time. 

You should also avoid storing your only copy of an MP3 file on any site's server, 
unless you have the tracks on CD and could easily rip them again. Keep in mind 
that even though MP3 files are smaller than files in most other audio formats, 
transferring them can still be a prohibitively slow process over a dial-up Internet 
connection. 



(www.postersw.com), which lets you make 
small or enormous signs, posters, murals, 
and banners with whatever images and 
fancifully styled text you can dream up. 

SOUND IDEAS 

The ever-growing popularity of the MP3 
audio format has led to a feature war 
among software companies. The happy 
result: a plethora of free, versatile software 
that will let you, your PC, and your MP3 
player make beautiful music together. 

An MP3 player enables you to create 
personalized mixes of songs from any com- 
bination of CDs and downloads. 
Converting a CD track to an MP3 takes two 



free MP3 Manager 2.0 (www.audiopimp. 
com), for instance, keeps a nicely organized 
database of your MP3 files and CD tracks, 
which it builds automatically by scanning 
your hard drive and CD drive. 

If your inner DJ wants to move beyond 
adjusting equalization and get down and 
dirty with your audio tracks, you're ready 
to delve into the world of sound editing. 
These programs let you view a sound file as 
a waveform at any level of magnification. 
(One second of sound, or an entire song, 
might fill the window.) You can apply 
effects to the whole file or a selected por- 
tion. You might reverse and repeat part of 
the chorus, add distortion, or prepare a 



song for karaoke use by stripping out the 
vocal. You can even mix several files by 
layering them on top of each other. 

Two of the best industrial-strength 
editing programs, the $399 Cool Edit Pro 
(www.syntrillium.com/cep) and the $399 
Sound Forge 5.0 (www.sonicfoundry.com), 
are available as downloadable trial versions. 
For a freeware alternative, try Asia 2.1 
(www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Platform/ 
9182), which is remarkably full-featured, 
although it lacks the commercial programs' 
dozens of cutting-edge effects. 

But why stop there? You can create your 
own tracks from scratch without being a 
musician or owning MIDI equipment. The 
free HammerHead Rhythm Station 
(www. threechords. com / hammerhead) lets 
you program and loop drum tracks, and 

Fruityloops 
(www.fruityloops. 
com) sequences 
whole songs out 
of a collection of 
sampled sounds. 
You'll need a 
place to store all 
those tracks, 
though. When the 
MP3 format caught 
on in a big way, 
quite a few would- 
be entrepreneurs 
tripped all over 
themselves to give 
away free online 
MP3 storage space. 
Many of these sites 
have since disap- 
peared. But one of 
the survivors, 
Myplay (www. 
myplaycom), still 
provides 3GB of 
storage in your personalized "music lock- 
er." The site features a friendly interface for 
uploading, viewing, and categorizing your 
tracks. 

LEFT TO yOUR OWN DEVICES 
Without a doubt, computer peripherals are 
getting more sophisticated and more afford- 
able, and you don't need to add big-ticket 
commercial software to your system to get 
the most out of them. With nothing more 
than your PC, your Web browser, and your 
digital camera, camcorder, scanner, MP3 
player, or printer, you can help your creativ- 
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efore settling in for the first 
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Cracker Jacks, and check out 
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just about anything associated 
with America's favorite pastime. 

Start in virtual Cooperstown at the 
Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Shop 
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and a Subway Series Plaque. The site also has a 
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from $10 baseball return-address labels to $125 
pewter-plated baseballs. Or brush up on your 
baseball history with a stadium-size collection of 
baseball books, including the $30 Baseball: 100 
Classic Moments in the History of the Game. 

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at HallofSports.com (www.hallofsports. 
com). Big fans (and big spenders) 
will go for items like auto- 
graphed jerseys from leg- 
ends such as Sandy Koufax or 
current stars like Kerry Wood. 
You no longer need to buy 
packs of bubble gum just to get 
baseball cards. Instead, drop in at 
Topps.com (www.topps.com), 
which hawks baseball cards, col- 
lectibles, and memorabilia. You can 
trade cards on the eBay floor at 
eTopps, and visit the Topps Vault to 
find player contracts and original photos 
used to make the cards. The Upper 
Deck Store (www.upperdeckstore. 
com) also stocks a comprehensive collec 
tion of baseball cards and autographed 
memorabilia, including catcher's mitts signed by 
Ivan Rodriguez and baseballs autographed by 
Reggie Jackson. 

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(www.mlb.com), the official site of Major 
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all 30 teams, plus a generous selection of col- 
lectibles and authentic team clothing in its 
online store. Shop here for your $64.95 Seattle 
Mariners Stone Cutter Vest or $69.95 Kansas 
City Royals Gamer Jacket. 

To log statistics 
from the Series and 
keep your own elec- 
tronic scorebooks, 
visit the site of 
TurboStats Software 
(www.turbostats.com) , 
where you can download 
a trial version of the 
$59.95 TurboStats for 
Baseball/Softball 9.0. 
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is over, practice 
your swing playing 
EA Sports' Triple 
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you're looking for tickets but 
find yourself shut out of the big 
game, SportTicket.com 
(www.sportticket. com) 
posts classified ads not only 
for baseball tickets but also 
for many other sporting 
events. The site helps 
you sell tickets to 
other fans or even find 
tickets for sold-out events. You 
can also buy and 
sell tickets through 
WebTix (www. 
tixs.com). 
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extensive baseball product line, including every- 
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bases and batting gloves. The site's Info Pro Shop 
includes buying advice on the best bat, based on 
age, height, and weight, as well as which material 
to go with: aluminum, graphite, or wood. Another 
site, MC Sports (www.mcsports.com), has 
similar buyer's guides and an extensive catalog of 
game gear. 

At Baseball Express (www.baseballexp. 
com), DicksSportingGoods.com (www. 
dicksportinggoods.com), Dunham's Sports 
(www.dunhamssports.com), and Fogdog 
Sports (www.fogdog.com), you'll find 
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defensive game sound and 
exactly the type of wood 
or aluminum required 
to handle your oppo- 
nent's fastball. You can 
also visit brick-and-mortar 
mainstays Modells.com 
(www.modells.com) and The Sports 
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merchandise, including a good selection of 
team clothing. 

Another site stocked with great game 
equipment is OnlineSports.com (www. 
onlinesports.com), where you'll find Wiffle balls, 
helmets, and pitching machines — even your own 
batting cages. This site also has many autographed 
items and team jerseys, both old (Brooklyn 
Dodgers) and new (Arizona Diamondbacks). 

To cap it off (and cover your head with the 
logo of your favorite team), visit Hat World 
(www.hatworld.com) , a joint venture between 
Lids and Hat World. Here you can get 
your favorite team's hat or one from 
any team in any sport, including 
college. And to get the right jump 
off first base, hop over to The 
Athlete's Foot (www. 

theathletesfoot.com) for a 
vast selection of cleats. 
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doesn't win this 
year, these 
sites will 
get you 
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your own 
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The Allstar Microelectronics catalog of PC 
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The U.S-owned and -based CD-Recordable Factory 
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selection of PC hardware, peripherals, and accessories 
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Computer Shopper's own piece of cyberspace, 
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assembly-required Pentium system for less than $1 00. 

cyberwarehouse.com 

CyberWarehouse deals in refurbished PCs and 
notebooks from heavy hitters such as Compaq, 
HP, and IBM. You'll also find a limited selection of 
peripherals and software. The site's catalog is small, 
but the discounts are deep. 

dalco.com 

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watch feature, and a frequent-buyers' club. 

directron.com 

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OEM products. Most items include a 30-day guaran- 
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the Free Stuff bin. Savvy savers will appreciate the 
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dirtcheapdrives.com 

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personalized product recommendations. 

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business center. 

elinux.com 

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software products. The site is so serious about Linux, 
many of its desktop and notebook systems don't come 
bundled with that "other" OS. Special offerings include 
Linux news and a community forum. 

emscomputing.com 

EMS Computing offers a 40,000-product catalog, 
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A monthly newsletter delivers informative tips on 
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FireWire Depot serves up IEEE 1394 (FireWire) stuff 
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upgrade cards. The buyer's guide provides insightful 
answers to frequently asked fiery questions. 

harddrive.com 

Pack rat? HardDrive.com has your storage solution. 
Choosy shoppers will find extensive choices in IDE, 
SCSI, and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) drives, along with 
other peripherals. For fashion-forward computer 
users, the site offers an array of black PC compo- 
nents, from cases to scanners. After all, black does 
go with everything. 

hypermicro.com 

Hyper Microsystems specializes in storage. The 
catalog includes CD-ROM and CD-RW drives, tape 
backup drives, hard drives, and RAID adapters. Check 
the Hyper Bundles for ready-to-use RAID and CD-RW 
starter kits. 



igo.com 

iGo calls itself a "mobile technology outfitter." Use 
the site to outfit your cell phone, laptop, or PDA with 
chargers, batteries, and other necessary accessories. 
The iGo Alerts feature delivers free customized news 
to your portable device. 

insight.com 

With more than 1 10,000 items for sale, Insight 
offers an impressive catalog of hardware and soft- 
ware. Customized sites are available for shoppers in 
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Hardware, software, home-office products, and 
appliances abound at J&R Computer World, the 
New York City-based superstore famed for its 
selection and, ahem, "brusque" service. Avoid the 
attitude with this online version, which specializes 
in cameras, both digital and traditional film models. 
Product help is available via e-mail, online chat, 
and phone. 

lanblvd.com 

Wrestling with your old router? Network card not 
working? LanBlvd.com specializes in networking 
products. You'll find hubs, routers, interface cards, 
and wireless stations, along with other essentials 
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Laptop Travel is road- warrior heaven! The site sells 
portable-computing and international -travel gear, 
including electrical adapters, modem converters/ 
couplers, and security accessories. You'll find 
traditional and "camouflaged" laptop carrying 
cases, laptop RAM, and storage add-ons. 

Iinuxcentral.com 

Find your alternative at Linux Central. The site 
stocks Linux-friendly hardware, commercial soft- 
ware, and operating-system CD-ROMs. A selection 
of Linux-compatible T-shirts, hats, and ties will help 
you flash your alternative tendencies in public. 

mcglen.com 

McGlen Micro's specialized searches can help you 
find memory and other accessories compatible with 
your computer, printer, or copier. With the Build-To- 
Order Configurator, shoppers can design a custom 
system, which the company will configure and ship 
to you in two days. 

megahaus.com 

MegaHaus bills itself the "drive authority," offering 
a wide variety of storage solutions, including hard 
drives, DVD drives, RAID arrays, and CD-mastering 
products. 

mei-microcenter.com 

MEI-Micro Center offers new and refurbished 
desktops from Compaq, eMachines, Hewlett- 
Packard, and PowerSpec. You'll also find a decent 
selection of peripherals. Rummage through the 
bargain bin for deals on closeouts, refurbished 
units, and overstocks. 

microx-press.com 

MicroX-Press offers hardware, software, prebuilt 
systems, and clearance items, with detailed specs 
on each. Read the return policy before you order, lest 
you be stuck with a 15 percent restocking fee. 

www.mobile-mania.com 

Quickly head to Mobilemania.com for digital 
cameras, e-mail devices, PDAs, cases, and adapters. 
You'll find the bountiful selection a haven for folks 
(like you) who are always on the go. 

mobileplanet.com 

MobifePfanet is home to a gaggle of high-tech 
tools and toys for mobile professionals. The selection 
includes handheld and notebook computers, PDAs, 
wireless-communication products, and travel-size 
printers and scanners. 

mobilizenow.com 

On the go? Gear up at MobilizeNow, where 
you'll find the gadgets you need, including GPS 
receivers, portable radios, and cellular and PDA 
accessories. Tell the site what country you're 
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Oh, Mama. Motherboard Express was made for 
PC-building connoisseurs. Shoppers can filter 
the selection of 1 0O-plus boards by manufacturer, 
chipset, processor type, case type, onboard 
controller, or number of CPUs. 



motherboards.com 

With a wide selection of motherboards from 
nine manufacturers, do-it-yourselfers will revel in 
handpicking the perfect innards for their new PCs 
at Motherboards.com. Order a motherboard and 



CPU together, and the company will configure and 
test them for you. 

www.mwave.com 

In addition to PC systems and peripherals, 
Multiwave Direct stocks notebook accessories, 
videoconferencing equipment, and network tools. 
Top sellers, "blowout specials," and rebate forms are 
a click away from the home page. 

neutronet.com 

Neutron carries thousands of computer systems 
and peripherals from nearly 400 manufacturers and 
distributors. A handy toolbox offers easy access to 
best buys, help for first-time buyers, and a massive 
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GlareShield.com sells monitor filters, including antiglare filters, screen magnifiers, and radiation blockers. If 

you use a laptop in an airplane or other public place, a privacy filter will keep wandering eyes off your 

screen. Specialty filters are available for notebook, LCD, and iMac screens. 

monitorexpress.com 



Monitor Express sells 500 models of new monitors, plus money-saving refurbished ones. The catalog also 

includes monitor cables, adapters, power cords, and screen filters. The company has a recycling program 

that may give you cash for an old display, whether it's in working condition or not. 

monitoronsale.com 



Monitor Onsale serves up new and refurbished displays from name-brand manufacturers. Refurbished 
monitors have a 30-day warranty. Two extended warranty plans are available for an additional fee. 

monitoroutlet.com 



From inexpensive 14-inchers to elegant (and pricey) flat-panel LCDs, Monitor Outlet serves up a wide 
array of displays. The site sells units from 24 manufacturers, with quick-comparison pages to help 
you choose. The catalog also includes specialty monitors such as touch screens, wide-aspect-ratio 

displays, and projectors. 

monitorsdirect.com 



Monitors Direct specializes in Cornerstone and Hitachi monitors, sold factory-direct. Extensive 
specifications, data sheets, and comparison tools will help you find the perfect display. Three- and 

five-year extended warranties are available. 

monitorworld.com 



MonitorWorld.Com is a monitor-information database. The site provides specs on more than 2,000 displays 
from countless manufacturers. You'll also come across plenty of information about common monitor cables. 

adapters, and switchboxes. 

repairfaq.org 



The Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ is an enormous site that includes a section devoted to computer monitors. 
There you'll find answers to hundreds of questions, from tips on monitor placement and preventative 

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newegg.com 

You won't have to shell out big bucks or scramble for 
hardware at NewEgg.com. Peck at the site's listings of 
new products and top sellers, then take a crack at the 
specials. Order carefully — the 1 5 percent restocking fee 
might make you squawk. 

www.notebooksuperstore.com 

Devoted exclusively to portable computers, Notebook- 
SuperStore.com sells more than 100 different laptop 
models from nine manufacturers. You'll see technical 
details about each model, and a comparison tool helps 
you zero in on the best portable for you. 

nxgen.com 

Next Generation's Web site is densely packed with 
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the site provides full specs and plenty of details about 
each product. 

1coolpc.com 

A cool computer is a happy computer. ICoolPC 
specializes in fans, heat sinks, and other cooling 
devices for your CPU, graphics card, monitor, hard 
drive, and other components that tend to swelter. 

outpost.com 

0utpost.com sells 170,000 products— a full range 
of computer hardware, plus cameras, electronics, 
and innovative specialty products from partner 
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Memory 

crucial.com 

One of the largest providers of memory upgrades on the Web. Crucial Technology offers free shipping on 
RAM for 1 1 .000 computer systems. The site's Memory Selector helps buyers find the right product, and the 

company backs its memory with a lifetime warranty. 

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generic memory to premium-quality modules. Premium modules often feature low-noise emissions. 

extensive testing, and a system-compatibility guarantee. 

memman.com 

All of the desktop and laptop memory sold at Memory Man carries a lifetime warranty, and the site's 

reference guide has RAM-configuration info for all brand-name computers. The site also sells processors. 

motherboards, hard drives, and more for do-it-yourself system builders. 

memorv4less.com 



Memory4Less.com offers low prices on a wide variety of RAM. including older types you may have 
been pulling your hair out trying to find. If you don't know the memory requirements of your computer 

or digital camera, the site will clue you in. 

mushkin.com 

Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems stocks a wide range of RAM modules, from double-data-rate SDRAM 
to specialty memory products. If you're working on a big upgrade project, check out the site's Fat Paks — 

bundles of 10. 25. or 50 memory modules at significant discounts. 

olarismemorv.com 



In addition to memory for desktops, laptops, and workstations. Polaris Memory sells RAM for printers, 
copiers, and fax machines. Digital-camera users will find four types of memory to choose from. 

rammatters.com 

This humorous and informative site extols the virtues of having enough RAM in your computer. 
RAMmatters.com was created by the Council on Computing Power, an industry group that is to RAM 

what the Milk Board is to dairy products. 



palmgear.com 

Users of handhelds will appreciate the extensive selec- 
tion of free and commercial programs downloadable 
from PalmGear HQ. Shoppers can buy PDA hardware 
and accessories, including carrying cases and hip styli. 
Sign up for an e-mailing list to receive information about 
new software, news, and user tips. 

pcconnection.com 

PC Connection offers nifty bargains on a colossal 
variety of PC and Macintosh products. Smart 
Selectors ease the searching process for those 
looking for turnkey systems, cameras, printers, 
monitors, or memory to fit specific guidelines. 

www.pcliquidator.com 

The getting's good at PC Liquidator, a site that 
offers clearance, refurbished, and overstocked 
hardware and software. The inventory is always 
changing and usually inexpensive. You can find 
many hardware choices for under $1 — some 
for less than $5. 

pcmall.com 

Shoppers at PC Mall receive free lifetime technical 
support on the site's vast selection of computers, 
hardware, and software. The site's business- 
solutions forum offers corporate leasing and 
volume pricing. Apple-heads can find all their 
favorite Macintosh products at the Mac Mall 
sister site (www.macmall.com). 

pczone.com 

PC Zone stocks an impressive selection of all things 
PC. You'll find links to a clearance area and other 
stores: Mac Zone and Electronics Zone. Printable 
rebate coupons can save you some cash. 

powersupersite.com 

Searching for that perfect uninterruptible power sup- 
ply? Power SuperSite probably has it. Moreover, it has 
the answers to help you make the right choice. The site 
sells new, used, and refurbished UPSs, as well as surge 
protectors and replacement batteries for UPSs. 

provantage.com 

Provantage offers PC products from more than 
1 ,000 manufacturers, including a large selection of 
books and training materials. The site's Personal 
Tracking List feature lets customers build a list 
of product bookmarks, then monitor prices and 
availability. 

7-24.com 

Deal-crazy shoppers will feel at home at the 7-24 
Outlet Store, which sells computer hardware and 
electronics closeouts. This site is a source for hard- 
to-find media and accessories for SyQuest, Avatar, 
and Iomega Ditto drives. The electronics area offers 
telephones, walkie-talkies, and other gadgets. 

www.sg3d.com 

Sunway Graphics specializes in PC graphics cards, 
offering a wide selection of powerful 3D accelera- 
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The CNET Shopper search engine takes the guess- 
work out of finding a deal on hardware, software, 
and accessories. The price-drop-alerts feature will 
send you e-mail when the cost of a coveted gadget 
falls. (CNET Networks is Computer Shopper's 
parent company.) 

sparco.com 

Looking for that something extra? Check out 
Sparco.com's list of products that come bundled with 
"free stuff." The site stocks more than 130,000 prod- 
ucts, and it offers a list of discounted items for students 
and faculty members of academic institutions. 

ssdonline.com 

At State Street Direct, shoppers will discover a 
huge selection of computers and imaging products. 
Digital-camera shoppers will find many items of 
interest, including customized comparison charts. 

staples.com 

Yeah, they've got that. Staples' Web site offers a 
liberal price-matching policy on computer acces- 
sories, software, and office supplies. If you order 
similar items often, you can set up personalized 
shopping lists. The company can occasionally 
take its time shipping items out to you, though, 
so beware. 



superwarehouse.com 

SuperWarehouse.com stocks printers, monitors, 
hard drives, scanners, and laptops. The site's selection 
of printers is particularly large, and even includes 
plotters, dot matrix, and other special-use printers. 

tccomputers.com 

In business since 1988, TC Computers sells fully 
configured systems, motherboards, and peripherals. 
The company's specialty is motherboards; buyers 
can choose to have motherboards and processors 
preassembled and tested for no extra charge. 

tcwo.com 

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drives, but the prices are fantastic. 

techstore.com 

TechStore.com offers hardware in dozens of 
categories and highlights monthly top sellers. The 
site also sells software, ranging from productivity 
suites to children's titles. 

thenerds.net 

With no misgivings about the tech-sawy of its compa- 
ny or customers, TheNerds.net offers 60,000 comput- 
er products, ranging from cables and connectors 
to graphics cards, at its fast and friendly site. The 
liberal 30-day return policy will protect you from 
getting stuck with the wrong product. 

tigerdirect.com 

TigerDirect's site offers 50,000 products, including 
custom-built computers that are tested and shipped 
within 48 hours. Up for a little adventure? Order 
a build-it-yourself custom PC kit, and let the fun begin! 

truedataonline.com 

True Data Technology stocks an exceptional catalog of 
motherboards, hard drives, and other upgrades. The site 
also features communication essentials for businesses, 
including DSL equipment and telephony products. 

usbstuff.com 

USB Stuff deals in Universal Serial Bus-equipped 
gadgets, including digital cameras, CD-RW drives, 
printers, modems, hubs, and input devices. But its 
poor site design makes navigation difficult. Sister site 
www.firewirestuff.com stocks IEEE 1394-compatible 
hardware. 

warehouse.com 

The four "warehouses" under MicroWarehouse's 
roof sell PC hardware, Mac products, datacomm 
components, and supplies. The site accepts 
corporate, educational, and government accounts, 
and offers business leases on many products. 




www.alienware.com 

Alienware can build you a gamer's dream machine, 
high-performance workstation, or desktop video 
system. Cases are available in a rainbow of out-of- 
this-world colors. 



buyabs.com 

Exceptional customer support on custom-configured 
desktop and notebook systems is the goal at ABS 
Computer Technologies. All systems include a 
30-day money-back guarantee. Some computers 
are available with Linux preinstalled. 



buy-atlas.com 

Atlas Micro offers desktop PCs built around Pentium, 
Celeron, and AMD processors. Buyers can use drop- 
down menus to create a custom configuration and are 
protected by a reasonable 30-day return policy. 



compaq.com 

Three arms of Compaq Computer's site offer 
computers for everyone. See the Compaq AtHome divi- 
sion (athome.compaq.com) for home and home-office 
systems, DirectPlus (www.directplus.compaq.com) for 
business PCs and servers, or the Compaq Factory Outlet 
Superstore (compaqfactoryoutlet.com) for big bargains. 

csd.toshiba.com 



The Web home for Toshiba's stylish portables and 
desktop systems doesn't offer as many build-to-order 
options as some other sites, but it's loaded with plenty 
of extended-warranty and lease options. 

cyberpowerinc.com 

Each CyberPower PC includes a three-year warranty and 
30-day money-back guarantee. The site's service area 
includes downloadable drivers and lifetime tech support. 



dell.com 

Dell Computer's electronic storefront has always led the 
way in ease of use. The site is jam-packed with detailed 
information that makes it a snap to match a machine 
to your needs. Each system is configurable to the nth 
degree via drop-down menus, and you can get quick 
access to online support customized for your PC. 









www.fujitsu-pc.com 

Fujitsu's site focuses on portable computing, including 
notebook PCs and pen-based tablet computers. Each 
computer includes several warranty options. A trade-in 
program offers cash back on your old computer when 
you upgrade to certain models. 

gateway.com 

One of the biggest players in online computer sales, 
Gateway has an enormous and informative site that 
sells custom-built desktops and portables, delivering 
them on time 98 percent of the time, according to 
BizRate.com. 



hpshopping.com 

At this site, Hewlett-Packard sells its lines of 
desktop and notebook computers, handhelds, PDAs, 
digital cameras, scanners, and printers. The site 
makes repeat purchases simple for businesses and 
individuals. 

ibm.com/products 

ShoplBM sells business and home PCs, notebooks, 
servers, thin clients, networking equipment, and peripher- 
als. The build-to-order option allows buyers to customize 
a new desktop. Linux is an option on laptop models. 

idot.com 

From low-cost budget models to powerful monster 
machines, iDot offers customized desktop and 
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microexpress.net 

Micro Express offers built-to-order desktop and note- 
book computers featuring AMD and Intel processors. 
Each system includes a 30-day guarantee and a two- 
or four-year warranty. Business leases are available. 



micronpc.com 

One of the largest direct PC vendors, MicronPC 
sells computers to home-office users, larger 
businesses, government buyers, and buyers out- 
side the United States. The Factory Outlet offers 
refurbished and discontinued systems. 

www.mwmicro.com 

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plary, with a troubleshooting knowledge base and driver 
downloads that cater to your particular system. 



nutrend.com 

Custom-configure a home or business desktop 
PC at NuTrend Computer Products. The company 
stocks machines running your choice of Intel or 
AMD processors. Each system comes with a three- 
year warranty. 

www.polywell.com/onlinestore 

Polywell Computers may not be a household name, 
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nickel metal-hydride, and good old nickel-cadmium. You'll find many choices for popular phones, with 

long-life, colored, and vibrating batteries in stock. The selection also includes cases and chargers. 

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Shopping at CellularAccessory.com is almost as fun as chatting the hours away on your mobile phone. The 
large selection ranges from useful items (holsters and rapid chargers) to quirky gadgets for personalizing 

your phone (such as funky faceplates and flashing antennae). 

ceHulardeals.com 

Simply Cellular deals in mobile-phone accessories, including cases, chargers, and cellular modems. Tell 
the site what model of cell phone you own. and the site will generate a list of compatible accessories. 

cellularmarket.com 

CellularMarket.com is a no-nonsense site for mobile-phone accessories. The selection includes hands-free 

kits, batteries, and antennae. The site will show you the products that work with your phone, and lets 

shoppers limit their browsing to OEM or aftermarket accessories. 

flashinqantennas.com 



This little site specializes in flashing antennae for mobile phones — just what every teenager and mobile 
trendsetter needs. FlashingAntennas.com stocks a bewildering number of flashy antennae — and if that 

isn't enough, flashing batteries. The selection is small but focused. 

letstalk.com 

LetsTalk.com sells cell phones, accessories, and service. Several phones are available for free when you 

sign up for cellular service, but the site doesn't offer mobile-phone service in all areas. The free 

Wirelesslnbox tool lets you access e-mail from any Web-enabled phone. 

lugout.com 



Plug in to Plugout.com, which stocks more than 1 .500 mobile-phone accessories. The company guarantees 
its batteries for two years: all other items have a lifetime replacement warranty. 












servers that are worth a look. You'll find massive 
custom-configuration options. 

www.sagernotebook.com 

Specializing in notebook computers, Sager offers a 
variety of options, from budget machines to speedy 
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Each computer in ProStar Computer's line of 
notebook PCs is backed by a 30-day money-back 
guarantee, a speedy-repair promise, and free tech 
support. The handy comparison tool helps buyers 
zero in on the best model. 



sonystyle.com 

SonyStyle sells Sony's line of VAI0 desktops and 
notebooks, plus digital cameras, displays, and storage 
devices. The Xtras Direct section of the site carries 
add-ons for PCs, digital cameras, and other equipment. 

store.apple.com 

Apple Computer's well-designed site allows you 
to custom-configure any Macintosh computer 
and offers a wide array of Mac-compatible soft- 
ware and accessories. Beware the one-click order- 
ing feature, however — using it may be a bit too 
convenient for impulse buyers! 

www.tiny.com/us 

Britain's favorite direct computer seller is now 
targeting us Yanks. Tiny Computers' line of prebuilt 
desktop and notebook PCs includes models for 
professionals and first-time buyers. 

unitedmicro.com 

Take home a preconfigured Intel- or AMD-based 
PC, or start with a bare-bones system and let United 
Micro install the components of your choice. 

www.winbook.com 

Focusing exclusively on portables, WinBook 
Computer offers machines with a 30-day money- 
back guarantee, a one-year warranty, and free 
technical support. Ironically, some of the site's 
best deals, the daily "Web specials," can only be 
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consumerreview.com 

ConsumerReview.com helps consumers research 
products before they buy. The site provides more 
than 200,000 reviews and ratings for tech gadgets 
and products for the home, car, and kids. 

dcresource.com 

The Digital Camera Resource Page is an unbiased, 
comprehensive source of information for digital- 
camera buyers and owners. Shoppers can glean 
necessary info from the FAQ page, buyer's guide, 
message boards, and reviews. 

dealnews.com 

Deal yourself in! Dealnews is a fantastic buyer's 
guide that reports on low-price specials in Web 
stores. Updated daily, the site discovers deals that 
range from tempting to nearly impossible to resist. 
Check out sister site Dealmac for Mac-oriented 
gotta-haves. 

dealtime.com 

DealTime.com is an independent comparison-shopping 
service. The site aggregates prices from hundreds of 
online merchants, auctions, and classified sites. Also, 
21st-century shoppers can compare prices by cell phone 
or wireless PDA, thanks to the site's mobile service. 

expertcity.com 

Expertcity.com promises live, 24-hour computer assis- 
tance from real human beings. When you pose a ques- 
tion, experts across the Internet bid for your business. 
Read their profiles, compare prices, then choose the 
expert you like. 

56k.com 

See 56K.com for a primer on 56kbps modems, a price 
shopper for buying a modem at the best price, and 
downloads of the latest firmware. Read the special 
report on the new V.92 modems. 

gomez.com 

G6mez.com offers ratings and customer reviews of 
e-commerce sites in two dozen categories, ranging 
from Web-based computer stores to drugstores, 
apparel vendors to online brokers. Check the ratings 
on ease of use, customer confidence, and cost. 

hardwarereincarnation.com 

Let your laptop live again! Hardware Reincarnation is 
a guide to repairing and upgrading laptop computers. 
The site includes a database of LCD screens — find out 
which laptops' displays are compatible. You'll also find 
upgrade tips and a guide to laptop repair. 

www.linhardware.com 

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ible with Linux— and which isn't. For the stuff that 
is, download the appropriate driver and put it to 
work. (ZDNet is owned by CNET Networks, Computer 
Shopper's parent company.) 

motherboards.org 

Motherboard HomeWorld is packed with mother- 
board news, reviews, specifications, and tips. Its com- 
prehensive database of 1 ,400 products includes driver 
information, technical details, and overclocking hints. 

nextag.com 

NexTag is a sophisticated buying service that can 
help frugal shoppers find the lowest possible prices 
on computer equipment, electronics, books, music, 
and videos. Entering your ZIP code allows NexTag to 
calculate shipping and tax for accurate pricing. 

pdastreet.com 

No matter which PDA you use, there's something for 
you at PDAStreet.com. This multifaceted site delivers 
reviews, software downloads, user tips, and classified 
ads for Windows CE, Palm, Visor, Psion, and RIM users. 



resellerratings.com 

Want a second opinion before you share your credit- 
card number with an unfamiliar online merchant? Check 
ResellerRatings.com, which provides customer evalua- 
tions of 1 ,900 online hardware vendors. Take reviews 
with a grain of salt: We've seen dozens of negative 
messages posted by one (very unhappy) person. 

windrivers.com 

WinDrivers.com is a comprehensive archive of 
drivers and DLL files for hard drives, sound 
cards, scanners, and other hardware. The site 
also provides links to antivirus updates and BIOS 
upgrades. 



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arcamax.com 

Among other items, ArcaMax carries a selection 
of Windows and Mac software, most priced 
at $7.95 — and all with free shipping. Choose 
from business software, clip art, games, and 
reference titles, with lots of options for kids 
and adults. 

beyond.com 

Beyond.com presents software for PC, Mac, 
and PDA users. In addition to traditional boxed 
titles, the site sells downloadable software from 
major publishers and a respectable selection of 
computer hardware. (CNET Networks, Computer 
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Buypcsoft.com offers software for Windows PCs 
in categories from business management to voice 
recognition. It's an efficient site with a good 
selection and high ratings among previous and 
current customers. 

chumbo.com 

In addition to tons of Windows programs and 
DVD movies, Chumbo.com features PDA software 
and a Linux Store that sells applications for the 
popular alternative OS. 

compuexpert.com 

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bbb.org 



The Better Business Bureau provides a litany of ways to avoid becoming the victim of a shady business 

or online scam. Use the site to check out a company's reputation before doing business with it, or 
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The Internet Fraud Complaint Center is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the 
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authorities of a suspected online fraud. 

korova.com 

The "Hoax du Jour" at Korova Multimedia's site isn't really updated every day. but it does provide a fairly 
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A service of the American Bar Association, SafeShopping.org gives solid and reasonable advice for 

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You'll need more bandwidth. Download shareware, 
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TOSHIBA 1800 S 203 

• Celeron 800 Mhz 
•128 MB Ram 
•15GigHD 
•13.3"TFT 

• 8X DVD /$. 

• 56K Modem 




1199 



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SATELLITE SERIES 

1 735 C 700, 64/1 0G, 1 3" DS, 24X CD, 56K 899. 

1 800-S253 Pill 850, 1 28/1 5G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K 1 349. 

3000-S353 Pill 900, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K 1699. 

3005-S303 Pill 850, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, CDR,DVD 1649. 

2805-S302 Pill 750, 1 28/20G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K 1 399. 

2805-S402 Pill 850,1 28/20G, 15"TFT, DVD, 56K 1699. 

2805 S503 Pill 900,1 28/20G, 1 5"TFT, DVD, 56K 1 599. 

3005-S403 PIN 1GHZ,256/30G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD, CDR ....1899. 

2805-S603 Pill 1GHZ,256/30G, 15"TFT,DVD.CDR 1999. 

4600 Pill 750, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 8X DVD,56K 1599. 

4600 Pill 800, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 8X DVD,56K 1799. 

4600 Pill 850, 128/20G, 15"TFT,8X DVD,56K 2199. 



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PORTEGE SERIES 

3480 PHI 600, 64/1 2G, 1 1 .3"TFT,3.4lbs, 56K 1 399. 

3490 Pill 700,1 28/20G, 1 1.3"TFT,3.4lbs,56K 1899. 

7220CTE Pill 600, 64/1 2G, 13.3"TFT, 56K 1599. 

TECRA 8100/8200 SERIES 

12C52 Pill 600, 64/1 2G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K CALL 

1 3CF3 Pill 650,1 28/1 2G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K 1599. 

18CF7 Pill 750, 128/1 2G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD,56K CALL 

39CF7 Pill 850, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K CALL 

8200/750 PIN 750, 128/10G, 14.1"TFT,24XCD, 56K...CALL 
8200/850 PHI 850, 1 28/20G, 1 4.1 "TFT, 8XDVD, 56K..CALL 




* WIN 2000 ADD $100 



SATELLITE 1805-S253 

• Pill 850 

•128 MB Ram 

•15GigHD 

•14.1 "TFT Display 
DVD Rom 
56K Modem 



1349 



COMPAQ. 



PRESARIO 
1210US 

• Duron 850 
•128 MB Ram 
•20GigHD 
•14.1" TFT 

• DVD ROM 

$ 1249 




PRESARIO 1200 SERIES 

1 200US C800, 1 28/1 OG, 1 3.3"TFT, DVD 1 1 99. 

1212CL D950, 192/30G, 14.1"TFT,DVD 1499. 

1214SR D850, 192/20G, 14.1"TFT,CDR 1299. 

1215US ATH 1 GHZ, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, CDR/DVD 1699. 

1 2XL500 C 766, 64/6G, 1 3.3"TFT, CD 899. 

12XL505 C 766, 128/1 OG, 13.3"TFT, DVD 1099. 

12XL510 Pill 800, 128/1 5G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD 1399. 

12XL526C 766, 128/1 5G, 13.3"TFT, DVD 1099. 

PRESARIO 1700 SERIES (5.1 LBS.) 

1 7XL475 P III 850, 1 28/30G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K CALL 

17XL570 P III 800, 256/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR 1699. 

1700US P III 850, 192/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR 1699. 

1 71 OCL P III 850, 256/30G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR CALL 



PRESARIO 1800 SERIES 

1 800XL580 Pill 800, 1 92/20G, 1 5"TFT, DVD, 56K 1 599. 

1800XL590 Pill 1000, 128/20G, 15"TFT, DVD, 56K 1899. 

1800US Pill 900, 192/30G, 15"TFT, DVD/CDR 1899. 

PRESARIO 1400 SERIES IN BRIGHT COLORS 

14XL240 C600, 64/6G, 1 3" HPA, 24X CD 899. 

14XL245 C566.64/6G, 13.3" TFT, 8X DVD 1099. 

14XL340 C600, 64/6G, 1 2.1 "TFT, 8X DVD 999. 

14XL345 Pill 650, 64/1 OG, 13.3"TFT,8X DVD CALL 

ARMADA M300 SERIES 

M300 PHI 500, 64/6G, 12.1 "TFT, 3 lbs., 56K 999. 

M300 Pill 500, 192/1 2G, 12.1 "TFT, 3 lbs.,56K 1299. 



PRESARIO 800 

• PHI 800 Mhz 

• 128MB Ram 
•20GigHD 
•12" TFT Display 

• CD or DVD* 

• 3.5 lbs./1" thin 



1699 



•DVD add $100 
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PAVILION N5240 

• Celeron 700 

• 128 MB Ram 
•lOGigHD 

• 13.3" Active Display 

• 8X DVD 



1299 




PAVILION SERIES 

N5420LC800, 128/1 OG, 13.3"TFT, DVD, 56K 1149. 

N5430 D850, 1 28/20G, 1 4.1 "TFT, DVD, 56K 1 399. 

N5450 PIII850, 256/20G, 1 5"TFT, DVD/CDR 1699. 

N5470 ATH 1GHZ, 256/20G, 1 5"TFT, DVD/CDR 1699. 

N5490 Pill 1 GHZ, 256/20G, 15"TFT, DVD/CDR 1999. 

N5310C 750, 256/1 OG, 13.3"TFT,8X DVD.56K 1299. 

N5340 Pill 800, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 8X DVD,56K 1599. 

N5350 PHI 850, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 8X DVD,56K 1799. 

N5390 PHI 850, 1 28/20G, 1 5"TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 2099. 

XH365 PHI 800, 256/20G, 1 5"TFT, 8X DVD,56K 1799. 

N6395PIII 1 Ghz, 256/30G, 1 5"TFT, 8XDVD,56K 2199. 



THINKPAD 1 241 1 

• Celeron 550 
•64 MB Ram 

• 5 Gig HD 
♦12.1* HPA Display 

• 24X CD Rom 

• 56K Modem 



999 




THINKPAD i SERIES -1200 

1251i C 550, 64/1 OG, 12.1 "TFT, 24X CD,56K 999. 

1271i C 600, 64/1 OG, 12.1 "TFT, 24X CD, 56K 1099. 

1 16192U Pill 700, 64/20G, 1 2.1 "TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 1 1 99. 

1 1 61 71 u C 600, 64/1 OG, 1 3.3'TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 1 299. 

1 1 61 62u PHI 700, 64/1 OG, 12.1 "TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 1099. 

1 1 61 42uC 600, 64/1 OG, 1 2. 1 "TFT, 24X CD, 56K 999. 

THINKPAD i SERIES - 1300 

1 321 1 C 550, 64/5G, 1 2.1 "HPA, 24X CD, 56K 999. 

1 351 iC 600, 64/1 0G,12.1"TFT,8X DVD, 56K 1199. 

1 361 i C 600, 64/1 OG, 1 3.3"TFT, 24X CD, 56K 1 299. 

1 391 i Pill 650, 64/20G, 1 3.3 "TFT, 24X CD, 56K 1 499. 

THINKPAD i SERIES -1500 
15421 C 500, 64/1 2G, 12.1 "TFT,24X CD,56K 1099. 



THINKPAD X20 SERIES 
2662 1 1 U C 500, 64/1 OG, 1 2.1 "TFT, 56K 
2662 41 U PHI 600, 64/1 OG, 1 2.1 "TFT, 56K 
2662 61 U PHI 700, 1 28/20G, 1 2.1 "TFT, 56K 

THINKPAD T SERIES 
2647 3EU PHI 800, 1 28/1 OG, 1 3.3"TFT, 24XCD 
2647 52U PHI 750, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD,W98 

2647 2AU PHI 750, 1 28/1 OG, 1 3.3"TFT, 8XDVD 

2647 M2U Pill 900, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 8XDVD... 
2647 5CU Pill 1000, 128/32G, 14.1 "TFT, 8XDVD.. 
2647 9AU PHI 850, 128/32G, 14.1 "TFT, 8XDVD 




THINKPAD A21M 

• P III, 700Mhz 

• 64 MB Ram 

• lOGigHD 
•14.1 "Active 

Color Display 
•DVD 

*1499 

2628 E1U 




THINKPAD T 
2647 47U 

• PHI 800 
•128 MB Ram 
•20GigHD 
•14.1 "Active 
•DVD 

• Win 98 
5 lbs. 



1799 



PCG-FX220 

• PHI 750 

• 128 MB Ram 

• 20 Gig HD 

• 14.1 "Active Display 

• 8XDVD 

*1399 

After SONY SSO Rebate 




THINKPAD A SERIES 

2628 CI U C600, 64/1 OG, 1 2.1 "TFT, 24XCD 999. 

2628 J1 U C600, 64/1 OG, 1 5"TFT, 24XCD 1 099. 

2655 41 UC700.64/20G, 14.1 "TFT, 24XCD 1199. 

2628 E1U Pill 700,64/IOG, 14.1"TFT,DVD 1399. 

2628 R1 U Pill 850, 64/20G, 1 5"TFT, 8XDVD 1 599. 

2628 G1 U Pill 800, 64/20G, 1 4.1 "TFT, 8XDVD 1 599. 

2628 SI U Pill 900, 64/20G, 1 5"TFT, 8XDVD 1 799. 

2628T1U Pill 1000, 128/30G, 1 4.1 "TFT, 8X DVD 1999. 

2629 U1U PHI 1000, 128/32G, 15" TFT, CDR/DVD CALL 

VAIO ALL IN ONE NOTEBOOK 

PCG-FX1 50 Pill 750, 1 28/20G, 1 5"TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 1 399. 

PCG-FX170 Pill 800, 128/20G, 15" TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K 1699. 

PCG-FX190 PHI 850, 128/30G, 15" TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K 2399. 

PCG-FX210 DRN 800, 128/1 OG, 1 4.1" TFT, 8X DVD, 56K 1199. 

PCG-FX240 PHI 800, 128/1 5G, 1 4.1 "TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K .... 1599. 

PCG-FX250 Pill 800, 128/20G, 15" TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K 1799. 

PCG-FX270 Pill 850, 192/20G, 15" TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K 1799. 

PCG-FX290 Pill 1 Ghz, 256/30G, 1 5"TFT, CDR/DVD, 56K CALL 

VAIO PICTURE BOOK 
PCG-C1 VN 600MHZ, 1 28/20G, 8.9"TFT, 56K CALL 



GR SERIES 
IGR150K Pill 866, 128/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR 1999. 

GR170K Pill 1 GHZ, 256/20G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR 2299. 

GR190K PHI 1.13GHZ.256/30G, 14.1 "TFT, DVD/CDR 2599. 

VAIO SR SUPER SLIM 

PCG-SR33 C600, 128/1 OG, 10.4"TFT,56K (3 lbs.) *999. 

PCG-SR27 PHI 750, 128/30G, 10.4"TFT,CD,56K 1799. 

PCG SR27K Pill 750, 128/30G, 10.4"TFT,CD,56K CALL 

VAIO Z505 SUPER SLIM PRO 
| PCG-Z505TLC C650,1 28/1 5G, 1 2.1 "TFT, CDR *1 349. 

PCG-Z505TLKC PHI 650, 64/1 2G, 1 0.4"TFT, 56K 1 399. 

PCG Z505TLD PHI 650, 64/1 2G, 1 0.4"TFT, DVD, 56K *1 499. 

PCG Z505TLKD PHI 650, 64/1 2G, 10.4"TFT, DVD, WIN2K ..CALL 

R505TE Pill 750,1 28/1 5G, 1 2.1 "TFT, 56K, WIN ME....M699. 
LR 505TS Pill 850,1 28/20G, 1 2.1 "TFT, 56K, WIN ME CALL 



• After SONY $100 Rebate •• After SONY S2O0 Rebate 



MOST MODELS AVAILABLE WITH WINDOWS .2000 ^^m 


PCG XG500 tLtP 1 


• PHI 700 Mhz JL / 


•128 MB Ram 


•lOGigHD 


•13.3" TFT Display — W 


• 8X DVD jT 


• 56K Modem ^f 


$ 1499 ^W 


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DC 4800 

• 3.1 Megapixel $ 

• 3x Zoom 




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DC 3400 

• 2.0 Megapixel 

• 2x Zoom ^449 



Nikon 

COOLPIX 995 

• 3.3 Megapixel 

• 3x Zoom Lens 





COOLPIX 775 

• 2.1 Megapixel 

• 2.5XZoom 



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MX 2400 

• 2.1 Megapixel • 3X Zoom 

MX 6800 

6 Megapixel 




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•6x Zoom 



299 



699 



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PDR-M70 

• 3.3 Megapixel 

• 2X Digital Zoom 

PDR-M5 

• 2.3 Megapixel 

• Built-in Flash 

• Zoom 



599 



299 




DIGITAL STILL CAMERAS 
DSC-P50 2.1 MEGAPIXEL - *$399 
DSC-S75 3.3 MEGAPIXEL - *$649 
DSC-SP1 3.3 MEGAPIXEL - $629 

• 6X Digital Zoom • USB Interface 

•AFTER S50 REBATE WITH PURCHASE OF MEMORY STICK 



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POWERSHOT 
DIGITAL ELPH 

•2.1 Megapixel 

POWERSHOT G1 

• Accepts IBM 1G Microdrive 

• Optical Zoom * 

• 3.3 Megapixel 




409 



669 



OLYMPUS 



C-4040Z 

• 4 Megapixel 

• 2048 x 1 536 

• 3x Zoom 

• Up to 2.5x 
Digital Telephoto 

• MPEG Movie Capture 




OLYMPUS 



Camedia C 700 

• 2.1 Megapixel 

• 10x Optical Zoom 

• Image stabilization 



OLYMPUS 



Camedia E-10 

• 4 Megapixel 

• 4x Zoom 

• F2.0 Aperture 
•All aluminum 

body 





OLYMPUS 

D510 

• 2.1 Megapixel 
•1796x1196 

• 3x Zoom 

• Built-in Flash 

D100 

• 1 .3 Megapixel • 1 280 x 960 

• Built-in F)ash 




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ABIT tfgfil 

KT7A 125 

KT7A-RAID 145 

VP6 149 

TH7-RAID 169 

ASUS /aUS 

A7V133-WOA (no sound) 139 

A7V133-WA (with sound) 149 

A7A266-WA (with sound) 149 

CUV4X-C 119 

CUSL2 129 

P4T 199 

ECS QfS 

K7VZA 75 

K7VMA 79 

K7AMA 79 

D6VAA-RAID 119 

P6VXA 79 

P4ITA 139 

FIC =/— 

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intel intel 

D815EEA2 115 

D850GBC 165 

STL2 499 

SBT2 659 

(WILL Iwfll 

KK266 119 

KK266R 129 

KA266 129 

KA266R 149 

DVD266R 219 

SUPERMICRO sri'KRMKKt 

P3TSSA 119 

370DLE 269 

370DL3 389 

370DE6 479 

370SDA 109 

370DDE 169 

P4STA 199 

S2DL3 539 

P4DC6 669 

TYAN 

S1854 95 

S2390-B 99 

S2510NG 369 

S2507D 99 

S2505DNGR 239 

S2460 249 

S2462NG 389 

S2462UNG 479 



CPU'S 

InteT Celeron PPGA s370 

800MHz InterCeleron chip 89 

850MHz InterCeleron chip 99 

900MHz lnter*Celeron chip 119 

bitel°*Mtium"lll proem* 133MHz FSB 

866MHz 133FSB Pentium!!! chip 179 

933MHz 133FSB Pentium"!!! chip 199 

1GHz 133FSB Pentium""!!! chip 219 

lntelPentium4 w/ 1 28MB RDRAM 

1.4GHz Retail Box w/128MB RDRAM 279 

1.5GHz Retail Box w/128MB RDRAM 359 

1.7GHz Retail Box w/128MB RDRAM 459 

Inter Pentium "4 w/256MB RDRAM 

1 4GHz Retail Box W/256MB RDRAM 339 

1.5GHz Retail Box W/256MB RDRAM 399 

1.7GHz Retail Box w/256MB RDRAM 499 

Intel Pentium XEON 

700MHz Pentium!!! XEON w/1MB Cache . . . .1199 

Pentium-Ill XEON 1GHz w/256K Cache 499 

AMD 

"Thunderbird" K7~1GHz / 1.1 GHz 99/109 

Thunderbird" K7~1.2GHz / 1.3GHz 129/159 

Thunderbird" K7~1.4GHz / 1.5GHz 199/229 

Duran K7~ 800MHz / 850MHz 59/69 

Duran K7~900MHz / 950MHz 79/109 

MEMORY 

PCIOO/PCI33 SDRAM (Ufetime Warranty) 

32MB SDRAM, 7/8ns CALL 

64MB SDRAM, 7/8ns for 

128MB SDRAM, 7/8ns latest 

256MB SDRAM, 7/8ns pricing 
512MB SDRAM, 7/8ns 
RAMBUS (Ufetime Warranty) 

64MB RDRAM, 800MHz CALL 

128MB RDRAM, 800MHz for latest 

256MB RDRAM, 800MHz pricing 

HARD DRIVES 

IDE Ultra 100 Drives 5400RPM 

20GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 79 

30GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 89 

40GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 99 

60GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 149 

80GB Ultra 100 3.5" 7ms 189 

100GB Ultra 100 3.5" 7ms 259 

IDE Ultra 100 Drives 7200RPM 

20GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 89 

30GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 109 

40GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 119 

60GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 169 

80GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 199 

100GB Ultra 100 3.5" 9ms 259 

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM Ultra- 1 60 SCSI 
18GB ST318437LW/LC Barracuda 36es 8.5ms r height ... .199 
36GB ST336737LW/LC Barracuda 36es 8.5ms 1" height ... .369 
181GB ST1181677LW/LC Barracuda 180 7 4ms IT height .1489 
Seagate Cheetah I0000RPM Ultra- 1 60 SCSI 
9.1GB ST39205LW/LC Cheetah 36XL 5.4ms 1" height . . .199 
18GB ST318405LW/LC Cheetah 36XL 5.4ms 1" height . . .229 
36GB ST336705LW/LC Cheetah 36XL 5.4ms r height . . .419 
73GB ST373405LW/LC Cheetah 73LP 4.9ms 1" height . . .769 
Seagate Cheetah I5000RPM Ultra- 1 60 SCSI 
18GB ST318451LW/LCCheetah-X15 3.6ms 1" height ...359 
36GB ST336752LW/LC Cheetah-X15 3.7ms 1" height . . .599 
IBM UttraStar 361ZX Ultra-160 SCSI 

9.1GB 07N3220 3.5" 4.9ms 10K RPM 169 

18.2GB 07N3210 3.5" 4.9ms 10K RPM 199 

36 4GB 07N3200 3.5" 4.9ms 10K RPM 389 



NETWORKING 

Phoebe NE2000 PCI 10/100MBs 10BaseT 11 

D-LINK DFE-530TX PCI 10/100MB 10BaseT 18 

Intel EtherExpress Pro 100 PCI 10Base-T 45 

3Com 3c905CX-TXM w/wake PC1 10/100 Retail Pkg .99 

Phoebe 9-port 10MBs network hub 30 

Phoebe 8-port 10/100MBs Dual speed network hub ... .59 
Phoebe 16-port 10/100MBs Dual speed network hub . . .99 
D-LINK DL-804 4PT Cable/DSL Router 109 

DIGITAL VIDEO 
KODAK 

DC3200 1MPIX 2MB 159 

DC3400 2MPIX 8MB 335 

DC3800 ZOOM 2.1MPIX 2XDIGITZOOM 349 

DC5000 2X ZOOM 2MPIX 8MB 479 

DX3500 3X ZOOM 2.2MPIX 8MB 289 

DX3600 2X ZOOM 2.2MPIX 8MB 369 

Dock and Charger DX 79 

CREATIVE LABS 

VIDEOBLASTER WebCam-3 USB Still Camera 39 

VIDEOBLASTER WebCam-GO PLUS Still Camera .129 

PHOEBE 
VIDEOCAT USB STILL CAMERA 19 

FLOPPY DRIVES 

MITSUMI 

1.44MB, 3.5" 14 

TEAC 

1.44MB, 3.5" 17 

MONITORS 

KDS VS-555 15" SVGA .28mm Digital Nl 129 

KDS VS-7i 17" SVGA .27mm 1280x1024 Nl . . .159 
VS-19SN 19" SVGA 26mm 1600x1280 Nl . . . .259 

VS-21e 21" SVGA 26mm 1600x1280 Nl 499 

KDS RAD-5 15" Flat panel LCD 399 

KDS RAD-7 18" Flat panel LCD 799 

KEYBOARDS / MICE 

105 Key Windows Enhanced PS/2 9 

124 Key Ez-key Miltimedia/lnternet PS/2 19 

FOCUS 2001 (w/dust cover) PS/2 23 

FOCUS 8200 (programmable & built-in calculator) PS/2 37 
FOCUS 9200 (programmable/built-incalculator/trackball) 39 

4D OPTICAL Scroll PS2/USB mouse 19 

Microsoft Internet Keyboard 25 

Microsoft Intellimouse PS/2 25 

Logitech FirstMouse w/Wheel PS/2 15 

MODEMS 

PHOEBE 

56K V.90 ISA Internal Fax/Modem w/voice 39 

56K V.90 PCI Internal Fax/Modem w/voice 22 

56K V.92 PCI Internal Fax/Modem w/voice 29 

56K V.90 External Fax/Modem w/voice 49 

56K V.90 PCMCIA Fax/Modem 49 

56K V.90 USB External Pocket Fax/Modem ... .45 
US Robotics 

USR PCI V.90 / 56K F/M/V voice Internal Retail 99 

USR PCI V.90 / 56K F/M w/o voice Internal Retail 89 

USR External V.90 / 56K F/M w/o voice Retail 99 

USR External USB V.90 / 56K F/M w/voice Retail . . .145 
USR model 2976 PCI F/MA/ voice Internal White Box . .65 

USR model 2977 PCI F/M Internal White Box 55 

USR WinModem model 3595 PCI F/MA/ voice int. . . .45 
USR WinModem model 3594 PCI F/M mt 35 

TAPE BACKUPS & REMOVEABLES 
SEAGATE 

8.0GB STT28000A-RFT IDE (retail) w/tape 199 

8.0GB STT28000N-RFT SCSI (retail) w/tape 249 

20.0GB STT220000A-RFT IDE (retail) w/tape . . . .299 
20.0GB STT220000N-RFT SCSI (retail) w/tape . .339 

8GB Travan formated tape 25 

20GB Travan formated tape 38 

IOMEGA 

100MB ZIP Drive, EIDE, Internal 49 

250MB ZIP Drive, EIDE, Internal 85 

250MB ZIP Drive, External printer port 139 

100MB Blank ZIP Media 9 

250MB Blank ZIP Media 17 



MULTIMEDIA 
CD-ROM DRIVES 

56X Internal IDE 38 

MITSUMI 48X Internal IDE 39 

NEC 40X Internal SCSI 65 

CDR-W DRIVES 

HP 9600si 12x8x32x CDR-W. SCSI Retail Package 229 

HP 970Oi 16x10x40x CDR-W. IDERetail Package 149 

HP 9900ci 12x10x32x CDR-W+8X DVD Combo IDE Retail 179 

Plextor 12x10x32x CDR-W IDE Retail Package 169 

Plextor 16x10x40x CDR-W IDE Retail Package 199 

Plextor 24x10x40x CDR-W IDE Retail Package 259 

DVD CD-ROM 

12X Internal Drive IDE 49 

16X Pioneer DVD-116 Tray Internal Drive IDE 65 

16X Pioneer DVD-106S Slot Internal Drive IDE . . .69 
16X Toshiba CDM-1502 Tray Internal Drive IDE . .65 
10X Pioneer DVD-305S Slot Internal Drive SCSI . .99 

AUDIO 

Creative Labs 

Sound Blaster 512 PCI PnP Retail Package 62 

Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1 Retail Package .175 
HERCULES 

GAME THEATER XP OEM (Brown box) 119 

GAME THEATER XP Retail package 139 

SPEAKERS 

Creative Labs Desktop Theater 

5.1 DTT2200 system 99 

Altec Lansing AVS-300 35 

Altec Lansing AVS-500 45 

Altec Lansing ACS-45.2 49 

Altec Lansing ACS-54 49 

Altec Lansing ADA-305 129 

Altec Lansing ATP-5 139 

Altec Lansing ADA-890 249 

GRAPHICS ADAPTERS 

SIS 

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This middleware 
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small businesses, provided 
via application service 
providers (ASPs). 

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XML interfaces, transactional 
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devices, including Palm and 

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two-way pagers 
such as the RIM 
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database, or text file. 

Reports can show all the software on an individual PC, the total 
count of a specified software program throughout the network, and a 
listing of all the software on all the PCs on your network. This is use- 
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and assuring compliance with software-licensing laws, according to 
business-unit manager Sherri Way. You can also see which employees 
have games and other nonbusiness software on their systems. 

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tools to make the applications 
mobile, as well as the runtime 
environment." 

The platform works either 
online or offline, according to 
Silverton. "Offline, you can fill 
out a trouble ticket at a cus- 
tomer's site, for example, then 
when you get back to a wire- 
less connection, sync up to the 

Douse E-Mail Burnout 

Workers who spend too 
much time checking 
e-mail could be hurting their 
companies and themselves, 
according to a new survey by 
Gartner. The poll found that 
employees check e-mail 
throughout the workday, on 
weekends, and even while on 
vacation. This e-mail addiction 
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relationships and undermine 
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• 53 percent of workers 
peruse e-mail at least six 
times a day; 34 percent 
check it constantly. 

• On average, employees 
spend 49 minutes per day 
managing e-mail accounts. 

• 23 percent of workers read 
business e-mail on week- 
ends; 42 percent check it 
while on vacation. 

To prevent e-mail burnout, 



site or send back only selected 
forms. At the home base, you 
can push out changes to the 
end user." 

You can also broadcast 
alerts to which users can 
respond. "In a field-service 
organization, for instance, 
you can push out a notice 
to a driver saying a computer 
went down, and advise the 
closest driver to respond," 
he says. 

ASPs offering Everypath's 
solution include UpShot (www. 
upshot.com), Salesforce.com 
(www.salesforce.com), and 
xSellsys.com (www.xsellsys. 
com). These companies work 
with organizations that have 
fewer than 10 users. Monthly 
fees start at around $10 per 
seat. Everypath also works 
directly with large companies 
such as ETrade and Intuit to 
make their content available to 
mobile users. —Nancy A. Lang 



Gartner offers these sugges- 
tions for both workers and 
management. 

Workers: 

• Use an out-of-office reply 
when on vacation. 

• Don't take laptops and other 
messaging devices home. 

• Auto-forward messages on 
project topics to a colleague. 

• If a partner or family mem- 
ber asks you to turn off 
e-mail, do so. 

• If you're unable to focus on 
what you're reading, stop. 

Managers: 

• Be sensitive to signs of 
e-mail burnout. 

• Hire enough staff so work- 
ers feel comfortable taking 
vacation. 

• Don't expect workers on 
vacation to answer e-mail. 

• Be a positive role model: 
Don't respond to your own 
e-mail during weekends or 
vacations. —N.A.L. 



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DELL™ SERVERS: 



DELL POWEREDGE 5QOSC 



NEW — Basic Server at Our Lowest Price 

■ Intel* Celeron" Processor at 800MHz 

■ 128MB 133MHz ECC SDRAM 

■ 10GB 5 (7200 RPM) IDE HD 

■ Embedded Intel 10/100 NIC 

■ 48X Max IDE CD-ROM 

■ 1-Yr NDB On-Site Service? 1-Yr Parts 2 

■ 7x24 Phone Tech Support 



$699 © 



E«VALUE CODE 
10024-290906 

BUSINESS LEASE: $19/M0.,48 MOS.' 1 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 1.0GHz, add $200 

■ Same-Day Service (4-hour 49 ), add $349 



DELL POWEREDGE 2500SC 



NEW— Affordable Scalability Server 

■ Intel" Pentium* III Processor at 933MHz 

■ Dual Processor Capable 

■ 128MB 133MHz ECC SDRAM 

■ 9GB 5 (10K RPM) Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI HD 

■ Embedded Intel 10/100 NIC 

■ Dual Integrated Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI Controllers 

■ Hot-Swap, Redundant Cooling Fans 

■ Dell " OpenManage " Server Management 

■ 3-Yr NBD Bronze On-Site Service 3 

■ 7x24 Phone Tech Support 



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E-VALUE CODE 
10024-290914 



BUSINESS LEASE: $41/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ Redundant Power, add $189 

■ Embedded Dual-Channel RAID, add $299 



DELL POWEREDGE I400SC 



NEW — Small Business Value Server 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 933MHz 

■ Dual Processor Capable 

■ 128MB 133MHz ECC SDRAM 

■ 9GB 5 (10K RPM) Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI HD 
(up to 73GB 5 10K RPM) 

■ Embedded Intel 10/100 NIC 

■ 48X Max IDE CD-ROM 

■ Embedded Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI Controller 

■ Dell" OpenManage™ Server Management 

■ 3-Yr NBD Bronze On-Site Service 3 

■ 7x24 Phone Tech Support 



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BUSINESS LEASE: $28/MO.,48 MOS." 

■ 2nd 9GB 5 (10K RPM) HD, add $249 

■ MS* Windows* 2000 Server, add $799 



DELL POWEREDGE 2500SC 



NEW — Affordable Scalability Server 

■ Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 1.0GHz 

■ Dual Processor Capable 

■ 128MB 133MHz ECC SDRAM 

■ 2x9GB 5 (10K RPM) Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI HD 

■ Hot-Swap, Redundant Power Supplies 

■ Embedded Intel 10/100 NIC 

■ Dual Integrated Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI Controllers 

■ Hot-Swap, Redundant Cooling Fans 

■ Dell™ OpenManage™ Server Management 

■ 3-Yr NBD Bronze On-Site Service 3 



7x24 Phone Tech Support 



$19990 



E-VALUE CODE 
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BUSINESS LEASE: $55/MO.,48 MOS. 

■ Additional 128MB Memory, add $109 

■ 2nd Intel* Pentium* III Processor at 1.0GHz, add $799 




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you are getting a smart, reliable small business desktop with a 20GB 5 hard drive 
and over 1.0 GHz of processor speed that can handle all of your basic business 
applications, for the price of something far less impressive. Can you get the same 
kind of deal somewhere else? Can you find the same award-winning service and 
support? Good luck. Were you born a smart shopper? We believe you were. 



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Online Payroll 
Pays Off 



BY DONNA TAPELLINI 




Ease the pain of payday with these feature-filled Web-based payroll 
services. 

YOU CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING ON THE WEB, SO ITS NO SUR- 
prise payroll services are available online. These services use various combinations 
of firewalls, 128-bit encryption, notification features, password protection, and 
more to keep your payroll secure. Most offer direct deposit, and some even provide pay 
cards for employees without bank accounts. Like all things Internet, payroll services are 
available anytime, anywhere. Here's a look 
at four online payroll processors. 

PAycyCLE (NNW.PAyCyCLE.COM) 

Businesses in California, Florida, and New 
York can take advantage of Pay Cycle, which 
costs $39.99 per month for five employees, 
and 99 cents for each additional employee. 

Once you sign up, go to the site at payroll 
time and enter employees' hours. PayCycle 
generates a pay stub with tax information, 
detailing taxes withheld, as well as a record of 
employer taxes. Write the checks yourself or 
use PayCycle's free direct-deposit service. 

Unlike other services, PayCycle doesn't 
send your tax payments to the IRS. PayCycle 
sends you e-mail reminders before payments 
are due each month, along with a URL that 
links you to a page from which you can print 
a payment coupon to include with your 
check. PayCycle also automatically fills in 
state and federal forms, and offers an elec- 
tronic payment option for federal taxes. 

Reports on tax payments, paychecks, and 
tax liabilities are available. The program also 
tracks data such as sick and vacation time, 
and PayCycle experts monitor government 
regulations to keep you up to date. 

POWERPAy (NNN.P0NERPAy.COM) 

When you register a new employee with 
Power Pay, you fill out a W4 form online, 
specifying different types of tax deductions, 
such as standard, additional, and fixed. 
Available reports include payroll register, 
401(k), and year-to-date register. 

PowerPay integrates with HR Benefits, a 
program that displays detailed information 
such as hire dates, seniority dates, citizenship 
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Online payroll services such as PowerPayroll and 
SurePayroll can save you time and money. 

history, review dates, and medical-plan infor- 
mation. The data is automatically transferred 
between the two modules in real time. 

PowerPay can also handle automatic 
check signing. Once you provide an autho- 
rized signature, PowerPay can print a laser 
image on every check. 

PowerPay also offers a service for manag- 
ing unemployment. The service deals with 
issues such as determining the validity of 
employee claims and filing appeals. 

Pricing depends on the features you 



choose. An average of $2.50 to $3 per 
employee per pay period covers the basics. 

POWERPAYROLL 
(NNN.P0NERPAyR0LL.COM) 

Geared toward businesses with fewer than 
100 employees, PayMaxx's PowerPayroll 
lets you issue employees PayCards, Visa 
debit cards that let you deposit payroll 
directly into their accounts. In addition to 
using encryption and firewall security mea- 
sures, PayMaxx notifies you any time your 
account is modified or changed. 

The system also offers many configurable 
options. Specify whether an employee is 
salaried or hourly, and PayMaxx calculates 
paychecks based on that information. You can 
also enter specific deductions such as health- 
insurance payments, and import Excel- or 
ASCII-formatted time and earnings informa- 
tion. Employees can change personal infor- 
mation such as addresses themselves. 

It takes 15 minutes or less, according to 
PayMaxx, to print a payroll report. Power- 
Payroll charges $10 per pay period for pro- 
cessing, $10 for each state in which taxes are 
filed (includes one state plus federal), $10 for 
delivery of checks and reports, and $1 per 
employee. A $3 fee per pay period covers 
direct deposit for all employees. 

SUREPAyROLL (NNN.SUREPAyR0LL.COM) 

SurePayroll's real-time payroll preview shows 
you gross and net pay for each employee, 
complete with tax calculations. It also advises 
you how much you need in your account. 

The Employee Self-Service feature gives 
employees access to pertinent information. 
For instance, it advises them via e-mail that 
their checks have been direct-deposited. They 
can also obtain a digital direct-deposit pay 
stub, view vacation hours, and examine a 
two-year archive of payroll information. 

SurePayroll lets you choose either a direct- 
deposit or manual-payment option for each 
employee. The service tells you how many 
manual checks you'll need to print, as well as 
the amounts, and handles direct deposit auto- 
matically. The service costs $19.95 per pay 
period, plus 99 cents for each paycheck. 

READy TO PAy 

Whether you choose a basic offering or a full- 
service option, these services can ease the 
pain of payroll processing. If you've been 
handling payroll manually, they can save you 
time. And if you've been using a traditional 
payroll service, they can save you money. ▼ 



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BUILDING 
YOUR BUSINESS 



X 



Web Hosting 101 

For most small businesses, paying someone else to set up and 
manage the company Web site is less costly than doing it yourself. 



BY JONATHAN BLACKWOOD 

The Web has opened up many opportu- 
nities for small businesses, but few have 
the expertise or financial resources to 
take full advantage. Setting up and hosting a 
Web server, for instance, is a costly proposi- 
tion. But the fact is, a small-business owner 
would be crazy to do so, because Web-host- 
ing services are so inexpensive. What's more, 
these services offer features such as high- 
speed redundant Internet connections, experi- 
enced support staff, and backup generators. 
Some even offer 99.9 percent uptime guaran- 
tees. (See the sidebar, "Uptime Guarantees 
Explained.") The best of these services is 
more than bulletproof: HostPro's data center 
at Moses Lake, Wash., is in a military facility 
designed to withstand a 10-megaton explosion 
within a quarter mile of the building. 

We looked at five top Web-hosting ser- 
vices from the viewpoint of a small business 
wishing to place a brochure site on the Web, 
focusing on the lowest-cost offerings of each. 
The five we chose — C I Host (www.cihost. 
com), Micron Electronics subsidiary HostPro 
(www.hostpro.com), Hostway (www.hostway. 
com), Spin Web (www.spinweb.com), and SBC 
Communications division WebHosting.com 
(www.webhosting.com) — consistently turned 
up in listings of top Web hosts. The largest 
service, Verio, which hosts more than 400,000 
sites worldwide, asked not to be included 
in this roundup, because it's now catering 
exclusively to large enterprises. 

YOUR MONEY'S WORTH 

All the hosts we looked at feature multiple 
redundant T3 or better Internet connections, 




attaching through multiple network providers 
and locations. (For a complete comparison of 
features and pricing, see the table "What the 
Hosts Are Serving.") Most use dual Pentium 
IN servers; WebHosting.com and Spin Web 
use some Sun servers. All offer some form of 
assistance registering a domain name. (The 
hosts that call it "free" are referring to the 
assistance, not the domain name itself, which 
costs $35 per year.) 

Minimum first-year fees for a brochure site 
with no e-commerce features ranged from 
$8.95 per month (when paid on an annual 
basis) at Hostway to $19.95 per month ($24.95 



per month for 12 months, followed by three 
free months) at WebHosting.com. All the ser- 
vices charge setup fees, which skew the first- 
year costs. Although Hostway 's monthly fees 
are lowest, for instance, it isn't the cheapest 
for the first year. When you factor in its 
$39.95 setup fee, the first-year cost comes to 
$147.35. Spin Web charges a $15 setup fee and 
$10 per month (annualized), bringing its first- 
year total to $135. 

If you're willing to spend a little more, 
say $50 per month annualized, you get a lot 
more service and capability, and you can 
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a low-cost account 
may be all you 
need. HostPro 's 
lowest-price offer- 
ing ($219.40 first- 
year cost), for 
instance, delivers 
40MB of space, 10 
e-mail accounts, 
3GB of data trans- 
fer, and e-mail tech 
support. Others 
offered a bit less. 
Spin Web, for 
instance, gives you 
only 10MB of serv- 
er space, one 
e-mail account, up 
to 1 ,000 hits per 
month, and e-mail 
technical support. 
Hostway provides 
only 5MB of server 
space, one e-mail 
account, 1GB of data transfer or 100,000 
hits, and e-mail tech support. 

The two most expensive hosts, not sur- 
prisingly, delivered the most. C I Host ($266 
first-year) provides 200MB of storage, guar- 
anteed 99.9 percent uptime, unlimited data 
transfer, unlimited e-mail accounts, and 
24/7 toll-free phone support. This beats 
WebHosting.com's offering ($349.40), which 
includes 125MB of storage, guaranteed 99.9 
percent uptime, unlimited data transfer, 
24/7 toll-free phone support, and only 25 
e-mail accounts. Nevertheless, this still may 
be plenty for most small businesses. 

At these prices, the database support 
you'll get will more likely be Microsoft 
Access than SQL Server (though at 
WebHosting.com, a database is an extra-cost 
option). But if your needs are modest, 
Access is probably enough. Only two of the 
hosts mentioned here, C I Host and 
Spin Web, provide Web-development ser- 
vices. All allow the use of Microsoft 





C 1 Host 


HostPro 


Hostway 


SpinWeb 


WebHosting.com 


Support 
Minimum Setup Fee 


24/7 toll-free phone 
$50 


E-mail only in specified 

package 

$40 


E-mail only in specified 

package 

$39.95 


E-mail only in specified 

package 

$15 


24/7 toll-free phone 
$50 


Minimum Monthly Fee 
First-Year Cost 


$18 (when paid on an 
annual basis) 
$266 

Site Monster, Microsoft 
FrontPage 
200MB 
' Unlimited 
99.9 percent 
0ne0C3, 10T1, 
five DS-3 lines 

E.spire, PSINet, Global Crossing, 
UUNet, Qwest, Sprint, Genuity 


$14.95 

$219.40 

Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime, 

Vivo, Emblaze, MP3 

40MB 

3GB 

Not available 

DS-1, DS-3, 0C-3, OC-12, 

OC-48, OC-192 


$8.95 (when paid 
on an annual basis) 
$147.35 


$10 
$135 


$19.95 (12 months at $24.95, 
then three free months) 
$349.40 


Supported Software 
Disk Space 


Perl, CGI-BIN, Microsoft 
FrontPage, SiteControl 
5MB 


Perl, FrontPage 
10MB 


Web-based control panel, 
Microsoft FrontPage 
125MB 


Maximum Monthly Data Transfei 


1GB or 100,000 hits 
Not available 
Multiple 0C3 and 
T3 lines 


Fewer than 1,000 hits 


Unlimited 


Uptime Guarantee 


Not available 


99.9 percent 


Connection Type 


Multiple 0C3 and T3 lines 


Redundant 0C12 circuits 


Network Providers 


Cable & Wireless, Sprint, 

UUNet,AT&T,Level3 

10 

One 

Intrusion detection, firewall 


Verizon, Sprint, UUNet, 
Chicago NAP 
One 
One 

Intrusion detection, firewall 


@Home, Verio, UUNet, 
Sprint 

One 

One 

Intrusion detection, firewall 


SBC network 


Number of E-Mail Accounts 
Number of FTP Accounts 


Unlimited 

12 for Unix package, one for 

Windows 2000 


25 
25 


Security Features 


SSL, intrusion detection, firewall 
Dual 866MHz Pentium III 
Apache 1.3.19 running on Red 
Hat Linux or Cold Fusion Express 
running on Windows 2000 
RealAudio, RealVideo 

MySQL 

Yes 

Verizon, McDonald's, La-Z-Boy, 

Ethel M Chocolates 


Intrusion detection, firewall 


Server Hardware 


MicronPC dual Pentium III 
Unix, Windows 2000, 
Windows NT 


Dual Pentium III 
Apache Web Server 1.3, 
running on Red Hat Linux 


Various 


Various 


Server Software 


FreeBSD Unix, BSD Unix, 
Solaris Unix (SunOS) 

Shockwave, Rash, Vivo, 
QuickTime, Emblaze, MP3 


Unix, Windows NT 


Multimedia Support 


Shockwave, Rash, Vivo, MP3, 
QuickTime, Emblaze 

Not in basic package 

No 

Virgin Records, American Film 

Institute, Touched by an Angel 


Flash 

MySQL 
No 


Windows Media Player (Windows 
servers), RealVideo (Unix servers), 
Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime, Vivo 


Database Support 
Web-Development Services 


MySQL 

Yes 

Brio Technology, Muncie 

Symphony Orchestra 


Optional 
No 


Famous Sites Hosted 


Not available 


Not available 



FrontPage to produce your site and include 
a large number of templates that can make 
setting up your site a point-and-click affair. 

MEETING YOUR NEEDS 

Of these five companies, only Hostway and 
SpinWeb don't use Windows NT or 2000 
servers; Hostway opts for Linux and 
SpinWeb for Unix. Their reasoning: These 
two operating systems are bulletproof, 
cheaper than Windows, and rarely crash. C I 
Host, HostPro, and WebHosting.com all give 
clients a choice of platform. Choose Unix or 
Linux if reliability is your main concern, or 
Windows if it's ease of use. (Many more peo- 
ple know Windows than Unix or Linux.) 

Typically, these inexpensive hosting pack- 
ages support Windows Media Player on 
servers running Windows NT or 2000. Unix 
servers generally support RealPlayer instead. 
All the packages mentioned here also come 
with Web-based site-management tools and 
statistics reporting. 




In the Web-hosting field, uptime is measured 
in nines. A 99.9 percent uptime guarantee 
is referred to as three nines, 99.99 percent 
four nines, and 99.999, the gold standard of 
uptime guarantees, five nines. You can deci- 
pher exactly how much downtime you could 
experience per year with a 99.9 percent 
uptime guarantee by doing some simple math: 

• 99.9 percent of 365 days is 364.635 days. 

• 365 minus 364.635 days equals 0.365 days. 

• 24 hours multiplied by 0.365 equals 8.76 hours. 



So a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee means 
your site can be down close to 9 hours per 
year before your Web host has to pay you 
penalties. If this is more downtime than you 
can tolerate, you have to look for a better 
guarantee, and spend more money for your 
hosting service. Here's what you get if you 
add more nines: 

Uptime Guarantee Allowable Downtime Per Year 



99.99% (Four Nines) 
99.999% (Five Nines) 



53 minutes 
5 minutes 
—Nancy A. Lang 



Each of these companies offers 24/7 
staff, daily backups, and full-time security 
at their data centers. But that doesn't neces- 
sarily mean you get immediate support 
around the clock. Check out a package's 
support policy before you sign up, and 
make sure you can live with it. 

COMPARISON SHOP 

You'll find plenty of resources online to 
help you in your host-evaluation efforts. 
A few of the best, AceHosts.com (www. 
acehosts.com), WebHostsOnline.com (www. 
webhostsonline.com), and TopHosts.Com 
(www.tophosts.com), keep lists of their top- 
rated hosts. Another, TheWhir.com (www. 
thewhir.com), is the site for the Web Host 
Industry Review, and has some helpful arti- 
cles and glossaries. Also check out the sup- 
port forums and any chat rooms you find 
on the prospective host's site. Reading what 
current users think of a service is one way 
to spot potential problems. 

Keep in mind that cheapest is not neces- 
sarily best. Reliability and stability, not only 
of the technology but of the host's business, 
is vitally important to ensuring your site 
remains available at all times. And given the 
cost involved in setting up a data center, 
some hosts have gone belly-up in recent 
months, including Colo.com and Exodus 
Communications. 

"Businesses should not only look at a 
hosting company's products and services, 
but also their balance sheets," says Kelly 
Kenneally, a spokeswoman for HostPro. 
"HostPro has $200 million in the bank and 
no debt. We'll be around." T 



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Upgrades ForThe Next Millennium 



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SOCKET 370 
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SLOT A 

SOCKET 370 

SOCKET A 

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SL0T1 

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SOCKET 370 

SOCKET 370 

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GBGA-6VXE7+ 

GBGA-6VXE+ 

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GBGA-7DXC 

GBGA-7ZX-1R5 

GBGA-7ZX-1 

GBGA-7ZX5A 

GBGA-7ZXR5 

GBGA-7ZXR-R3 

GBGA-7VTX 

GBGA-6VXD7 

GBGA-7DX 

GBGA-8TXC 

GBGA-8TX 

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SOCKET A 

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PCI 
3 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
6 
5 

PCI 
5 
5 
5 
5 
4 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
6 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 



ISA AGP 
1 1 
1 1 
1 1+AMR 
1 1 
1 1 
1+CNR 

1 
1+CNR 
1+CNR 

1 

1+CNR 

1 

1 

1+CNR 

1 

1 

1 

1+CNR 

1 



1 



1 



MEM STYLE PRICE 

3/168 ATX $75 

3/168 ATX $87 

3/168 ATX $95 

3/168 ATX $97 

3/168 ATX $113 

3/168 ATX $116 

3/168 ATX $120 

3/168 ATX $121 

4/168 ATX $122 

4/168 ATX $125 

3/168 ATX $131 

3/168 ATX $132 

3/168 ATX $134 

4/168 ATX $137 

4/168 ATX $137 

4/168 ATX $152 

3/168 ATX $154 

4/RIMM ATX $164 

4/DDR ATX $182 



ISA AGP MEM STYLE PRICE 

1+AMR 2/168 MATX $74 

1+AMR 2/168 ATX $79 

2/168 MATX $89 

1 1 3/168 ATX $101 

1+2CNR 3/168 ATX $104 

1 1+AMR 3/168 ATX $107 

1 4/168 ATX $112 

1+AMR 3/168 ATX $112 

1+AMR 3/168 ATX $122 

1+CNR 3/168 ATX $122 

1+2CNR 3/168 ATX $127 

1+AMR 3/168 ATX $129 

1+AMR2DDR/168ATX $132 

1 4/168 ATX $152 

1+AMR 2/DDR ATX $152 

1 4/RIMM ATX $172 

1+ACR 3/DDR ATX $224 

1 4/168 ATX $317 

ASMS 4/168 ATX $679 

ISA AGP MEM STYLE PRICE 

LAN 3/168 ATX $116 

1 4/RIMM ATX $157 

LAN 1 4/RIMM ATX $174 

ISA AGP MEM STYLE PRICE 

1+CNR 2/168 MATX $84 

1 3/168 ATX $89 

1+CNR 3/168 ATX $102 

1+CNR 3/168 ATX $105 

CNR 4/168 ATX $105 

1+CNR 3/168 ATX $116 

1+CNR 4/168 ATX $116 

1+CNR3DDR/168ATX $119 

1+CNR 3/DDR ATX $122 

1+CNR 4/168 ATX $127 

1+CNR3DDR/168ATX $129 

1+CNR 2/DDR ATX $133 

1+CNR 4/RIMM ATX $147 

1+CNR 4/168 ATX $225 

1+CNR 2/DDR ATX $277 



ISA AGP 

2 

2 

2 

2 

2 

1+AMR 
1+AMR 

1 1+AMR 

1 1+AMR 

1 1+AMR 
1+AMR 
1+AMR 

1 
1+AMR 
1+CNR 
1+CNR 
1+AMR 



1 



MEM STYLE PRICE 
3/168 ATX $64 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 AT 
2/DDR ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX 
3/168 ATX $127 
3/DDR ATX $137 
4/168 ATX $147 
2/DDR ATX $152 
4/RIMM ATX $169 
4/RIMM ATX $179 
3/DDR ATX $172 



$74 

$77 

$81 

$81 

$89 

$101 

$101 

$104 

$107 



ALL CPU'S HAVE A 1 YEAR WARRANTY WHEN PURCHASED WITH A CPU 

FAN. 

irrtel www.intel.com 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 600MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 633MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 667MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 700MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 733MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 766MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 800MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 850MHZ 

INTEL CELERON-A FCPGA 900MHZ 



$35 
$39 
$40 
$42 
$43 
$49 
$53 
$64 
$77 



INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 
INTEL PENTIUM I 



133MHZ BUS 
100MHZ BUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZ BUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 
100MHZ BUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
133MHZBUS 
100MHZBUS 



INTEL PENTIUM 

INTEL PENTIUM 4 400MHZ BUS 

INTEL PENTIUM 4 400MHZ BUS 

INTEL PENTIUM 4 400MHZ BUS 

INTEL PENTIUM 4 400MHZ BUS 

INTEL PENTIUM 4 400MHZ BUS 

AMD P www.amd.com 

AMD K6 II W/3D NOW ... .100 MHZ BUS 

AMD K6IIW/3DNOW ... .100 MHZ BUS 

AMD K6 II W/3D NOW ... .100 MHZ BUS 

AMD K6 III W/3D NOW . . . .100MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD DURON 200 MHZ BUS 

AMD K7 SOCKET A TBI RD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .266 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .266 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .266 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .266 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .200 MHZ BUS 
AMD K7 SOCKET A TBIRD .266 MHZ BUS 
AMD SOCKET A PALOMINO 266 MHZ BUS 
AMD SOCKET A PALOMINO 266 MHZ BUS 
AMD SOCKET A PALOMINO 266 MHZ BUS 



128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

128K 

. ..667MHZ 256K FCPGA $109 

. ..700MHZ 256K FCPGA $119 

...733MHZ 256K FCPGA $129 

. ..750MHZ 256K FCPGA $125 

. ..800MHZ 256K FCPGA $125 

...800MHZ 256K FCPGA $129 

. ..850MHZ 256K FCPGA $139 

...866MHZ 256K FCPGA $144 

...933MHZ 256K FCPGA $154 

. .1000MHZ 256K FCPGA $189 

..1100MHZ 256K FCPGA $259 

..1200MHZ 256K FCPGA $299 

.667MHZ 256K SECC $82 

.700MHZ 256K SECC $94 

.733MHZ 256K SECC $97 

.750MHZ 256K SECC $82 

.800MHZ 256KSECC $124 

.800MHZ 256KSECC $125 

850MHZ 256KSECC $137 

.866MHZ 256K SECC $147 

.933MHZ 256KSECC $172 

1000MHZ 256KSECC $159 

1000MHZ 256KSECC $224 

1300MHZ 256K SOCKET423 .$139 
1400MHZ 256K SOCKET423 .$172 
.1500MHZ 256K SOCKET423 .$239 
.1700MHZ 256K SOCKET423 .$324 
.1800MHZ 256K SOCKET423 .$359 



.P450MHZ $28 

.P500MZ $30 

.P550MHZ $37 

.P400MHZ $44 

.P700MHZ $32 

.P750MHZ $34 

.P800MHZ $42 

.P850MHZ $47 

.P900MHZ $54 

.P950MHZ $61 

.P850MHZ $62 

.P900MHZ $63 

.P950MHZ $64 

P1000MHZ $82 

.P1000MHZ $74 

.P1100MHZ $83 

.P1133MHZ $87 

.P1200MHZ $89 

P1200MHZ $99 

.P1300MHZ $114 

.P1333MHZ $115 

.P1400MHZ $152 

.P1400MHZ $149 

.P1000MHZ $182 

.P1200MHZ $199 

.P1400MHZ $259 



SOUND CARPS 



creative: 

— ■ www 

CIIATIVI LABS. INC " " " 

CLCT4815 SOUND 

CLSB4525 SOUND 

CLCT4520 SOUND 

CLCT4750 SOUND 

CLCT4832 SOUND 

CLSBLIVE5.10E SOUND 
CLSBLXG5.1R SOUND 
CLSBLMP3+5.1R SOUND 
CLSBLPLAT5.1R SOUND 



creative.com 

BLSTRPCIES4815 0EM $20 

BLSTR ISA 16 WAVE FX RETAIL $20 

BLSTR AWE 64 ISA OEM $24 

BLSTR PCI 128 OEM $31 

BLSTR LIVE VALUE PCI OEM $45 

BLSTR LIVE OEM $61 

BLSTR LIVE X-GAMER RETAIL $89 

BLSTR LIVE MP3+ RETAIL $89 

BLSTR LIVE PLATINUM RET $175 



72-PIN EDO 

16MB 4X32 EDO 60NS $10 

32MB 8X32 EDO 60NS $17 

64MB 16X32 EDO 60NS $23 

128MB 32X32 EDO 60NS $112 

168-PIN LONG DIMMS EDO 

64MB 8X64 60NS3.3VOLT $77 

64MB 8X72 (unbuffered) .60NS 3.3VOLT ECC $67 

64MB 8X72 (buffered) . . .60NS 3.3VOLT ECC $59 

128MB 16X64 60NS3.3VOLT $154 

128MB 16X72 (unbuffered) .60NS 3.3VOLT ECC $137 

128MB 16X72 (buffered) . . .60NS 3.3VOLT ECC $97 

256MB 32X72 (buffered) . . .60NS 3.3VOLT ECC $187 

168-PIN LONG DIMMS SDRAM (66MHz) 

32MB 4X64 10NS $9 

64MB 8X64 10NS $11 

128MB 16X64 10NS $21 

168-PIN SDRAM PC1 00/1 33/1 50 

32MB 4X64 8NS $7 



64MB 

64MBPC133 

64MB 

128MB .... 



.8X64 
.8X64 
.8X72 
16X64 



8NS . 
.7.5NS 
.8NS . 
.8NS . 



128MB PC133 16X64 7.5NS 

128MB PC1 50 16X64 7NS 

128MB 16X72 8NS 

128MB PC1 33 16X72 7.5NS 

256MB 32X64 8NS 

256MB PC133 32X64 7.5NS 

256MB PC1 50 32X64 7NS 

256MB 32X72 8NS 

256MB PC1 33 32X72 7.5NS 

512MB 64X72 8NS 

512MB PC1 33 64X64 7.5NS 

512MB PC1 33 64X72 7.5NS 

1024MB PC1 331 28X72 7.5NS 

DDR RAM PC1 600/21 00 

128MB 16X64 200MHZ 

128MB 16X64 266MHZ 

128MB 16X72 200MHZ 

128MB 16X72 266MHZ 

256MB 32X64 200MHZ 

256MB 32X64 266MHZ 

256MB 32X72 200MHZ 

256MB 32X72 266MHZ 

512MB 64X72 266MHZ 



..$10 
..$10 
..$12 
..$15 
..$15 
..$18 
..$17 
..$19 
..$28 
..$28 
..$32 
..$31 
..$31 
..$89 
..$67 
..$89 
.$269 

..$21 
..$21 
..$24 
..$24 
..$36 
..$36 
..$39 
..$39 
.$207 



WE CARRY RAMBUS MODULES AND CORSAIR MICRO BRAND MEMORY 



VIDEO CARDS 



motrox www.matrox.com 
MATG45016SDR G450 16MB, SDR AGP OEM (DUAL) 
MATG45016DDR G450 16MB, DDR AGP OEM (DUAL) 
MATG45032DDR G450 32MB, DDR AGP OEM (DUAL) 
MATG45032DDRBOX G450 32MB, DDR AGP RET(DUAL) 
MATMARG45032A MARVEL G450 32MB, DDR AGP OEM 
ATI www.atitech.com 

ATIX200032A EXPERT 2000 AGP OEM VER 32MB 
ATIX2KPR032A EXPERT 2000PRO AGP OEM VER 32MB 
RAGE FURY PRO AGP OEM 32MB W/TV 
RADEON LE AGP OEM 32MB DDR 
RADEON VE AGP OEM 32MB DDR DUAL 
ALL-IN-WONDER PRO AGP OEM 32MB 
RAGE FURY MAX AGP OEM 64MB 



ATIRFPR032ATV 

ATIRADLE32A 

ATIRADVE32A 

ATIAIWPR032A 

ATIRFMAX64 

ATIRADE0N64A 

ATIAIWRAD32A 



$67 

$67 

$92 

$121 

$182 

$39 
$43 
$63 
$75 
$81 
$99 
$112 
RADEON AGP OEM 64MB DDR $1 59 

ALL-IN-WOND RADEON AGP OEM 32MB$184 
IfT"' www.abit-usa.com 
ABGF2MX32ANO GEFORCE-2 MXS AGP 32MB $86 

ABGF2MX32ATV GEFORCE-2 MXS W/TV AGP 32MB $89 

ABGF2256GTS64 GEFORCE-2 GF256 W/TV AGP 32MB $297 
/BUS www.asus.com 

ASV710032A GEFORCE-2 MX AGP 32MB $87 

ASV71 0032ATV GEFORCE-2 MX W/TV AGP 32MB $92 

ASV71 002VD GEFORCE-2 TWINVIEW AGP 32MB $1 01 
ASV7700P32A GEFORCE-2 AGP 32MB DDR $122 

ASV7700DEL32A GEFORCE-2 DEL AGP 32MB DDR $157 

ASV7700P64A GEFORCE-2 AGP 64MB DDR $164 

ASV7700PROP64 GEFORCE-2 AGP 64MB PRO PURE $1 70 

ASV7700DEL64A GEFORCE-2 DEL AGP 64MB DDR $1 99 

ASV7700ULTP64 GEFORCE-2 AGP 64MB ULTRA PURE $334 
ASV8200P64A GEFORCE-3 PUR AGP 64MB DDR $342 

ASV8200D64A GEFORCE-3 DEL AGP 64MB DDR $374 



1-888-373-0340 



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Upgrades ForThe Next Millennium 



HARD DRIVES 



MODEMS 



IDE DRIVES 

225 VYESTEjRN DIGITAL www.wdc.com 

ALL WESTERN DIGITAL IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 3YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM CACHE FORM/HT 

WD200AB 20500 8.5MS/5400 2048K 3.571 "H 

WD200BB 20000 9 MS/7200 2048K 3.57TH 

WD400AB 40000 8.5MS/5400 2048K 3.571 "H 

WD300BB 30000 9 MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

WD400BB 40000 9 MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

WD600AB 60000 8.5MS/5400 2048K 3.571"H 

WD600BB 60000 9 MS/7200 2048K 3.57TH 

WD800BB 80000 9 MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 
iBM www.ibm.com 

ALL IBM IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 3YR WARRANTY 

MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM CACHE FORM/HT 

IBM305040 40000 9.5MS/5400 2048K 3.571 "H 

IBM35L020 20000 8.5MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

IBM35L040 40000 8.5MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

IBM35L060 60000 8.5MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

IBM307075 75000 8.5MS/7200 2048K 3.571 "H 

IB M35L075 m 75000 8.5MS/7200 2048K 3.57TH 
Mf|X|o r* www.maxtor.com 

ALL MAXTOR IDE DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 3YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! CAP.(MB) 

MAX204-5400 20400 

MAX1 53-7200 15300 

MAX204-7200 20400 

MAX307-5400 30700 

MAX409-5400 40900 

MAX307-7200 30700 

MAX409-7200 40900 

MAX61 4-5400 61400 

MAX61 4-7200 61400 

MAX81 9-5400 81900 



ACCESS/RPM 
9.5 MS/5400 
9.5 MS/7200 
9.5 MS/7200 
9.5 MS/5400 
9 MS/5400 
9.5 MS/7200 
9.5 MS/7200 
9 MS/5400 
9.5 MS/7200 
9 MS/5400 



CACHE 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 
2048K 



FORM/HT 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 
3.571"H 
3.571 "H 
3.57TH 
3.571 "H 
3.571 "H 



PRICE 

$77 

$84 

$92 

$96 

$109 

$129 

$154 

$199 



PRICE 
$93 
$97 
$112 
$157 
$214 
$214 



PRICE 

$73 

$73 

$82 

$86 

$92 

$101 

$116 

$139 

$157 

$192 



CONTROLLERS 



PROMISE 



PRULTRA66 

PRULTRA100TX2 

PRULTRA100 

PRFASTRAK100TX2 

PRFASTRAK100 

PRFASTRAK100LP 

adaptoe 
AD291600EM 
AD19160KIT 
AD29160KIT 
AD2100SKIT 
AD3210SKIT 
AD3410SKIT 



www.promisetechnology.com 

ULTRA ATA66 PCI 4 HARD DRIVE $22 

ULTRA ATA1 00 TX2 PCI 4 HARD DRIVE $26 

ULTRA ATA100 PCI 4 HARD DRIVE $36 

ULTRA ATA100 RAID TX2 PCI $74 

ULTRA ATA100 RAID PCI $77 

ULTRA ATA100 RAID LOW PROFILE PCI $107 

www.adaptec.com 

ULTRA 160 PCI BUS MSTR 160MB/SEC OEM $195 
ULTRA 160 PCI BUS MSTR 160MB/SEC RETAIL $222 
ULTRA 160 PCI BUS MSTR 160MB/SEC RETAIL $294 
ULTRA 160 PCI SCSI RAID 160MB/SEC 32MB $447 
ULTRA 160 PCI SCSI RAID 160MB/SEC 32MB $744 
ULTRA 160 PCI SCSI RAID 160MB/SEC 64MB $1054 



NOTEBOOK DRIVES 



TOSHIBA www.toshiba.com 

ALL TOSHIBA IDE NOTEBOOK DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 1YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! 
T04313MAT 
TO6015MAP 
T01016GAP 
T01516GAP 
T020166AP 
TO3017GAP 



CAP.(MB) .. 
4300 . 
6000 . 
10000 
15000 
20000 
30000 



. .ACCESS/RPM 

.13MS/4200 . 

13MS/4200 . 

.13MS/4200 . 

.13MS/4200 . 

.13MS/4200 . 

.13MS/4200 . 



.CACHE 
.1024K 
1024K . 
.1024K . 
1024K . 
.1024K . 
1024K . 



.FORM/HT . 
.2.578.4MM 
.2.579.5MM 
.2.579.5MM 
.2.579.5MM 
.2.579.5MM 
.2.579.5MM 



PRICE 
..$79 
..$88 
..$89 
.$107 
.$117 
.$199 



DM www.ibm.com 

ALL IBM IDE NOTEBOOK DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 1YR 
MODEL! CAP.(MB) ....ACCESS/RPM .CACHE . 
IBMDJSA-210000 10000 . .12MS/4200 . . .51 2K . . . 
IBMDJSA-220000 20000 . 12MS/4200 . . .512K . . . 
IBMDJSA-230000 30000 . 12MS/4200 . . .512K . . . 



WARRANTY 
FORM/HT ..PRICE 
2.579.5MM ..$87 
2.579.5MM .$117 
2.571 2.5MM .$202 



NETWORK CARDS 



Ecom| www.3com.com 

3C905BTXNM ETHERNET RJ45 10/100BT NO REMOTE WAKE PCI $37 

3C905CXTXNM ETHERNET 32 BIT 1 0/1 OOXL NO REMOTE WAKE PCI $37 

3C905CTXM ETHERNET RJ45 1 0/1 OOBT W/REMOTE WAKE PCI $38 

3C905CX-TXM ETHERNET 32 BIT 1 0/1 OOXL W/REMOTE WAKE PCI $38 
WE ALSO CARRY EDIMAX NETWORKING PRODUCTS 



SCSI DRIVES 



2SS WESTERN DIGITAL WWW.WdC.COm 

ALL WESTERN DIGITAL SCSI DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 5YR WARRANTY 
MODEL! CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM CACHE FORM/HT PRICE 

WD91FG 9100 .. 6.6MS/1 0000 . . .2048K . . . .3.571 "H ...$99 

WDE91 50-0050 .9100 . . 5.2MS/10000 . . .2048K . . . .3.571'H . . .$104 

<2? Seagate www.seagate.com 

ALL SEAGATE SCSI DRIVES LISTED HAVE A 5YR WARRANTY 



MODEL! 

ST39236LW . 

ST39216N .. 

ST39236LWV 

ST318416N . 

ST318416W . 

ST318437LW 

ST318436LWV 

ST318405LW 

ST318405LC 

ST318451LW 

ST318451LC 

ST336737LW 

ST336737LC 

ST336705LW 

ST336704LWV 

ST373405LW 

ST373405LC 

ST373405LCV 

ST1181677LWV 

ST1181677LCV 



CAP.(MB) ACCESS/RPM 
. .9200 . . .5.8MS/7200 
. .9200 . . .5.8MS/7200 
. .9200 . . .5.8MS/7200 
. .18400 . .5.8MS/7200 
. .18400 . .5.8MS/7200 
. .18400 . .8.5MS/7200 
..18400 ..5.8MS/7200 
..18400 ..5.4MS/1 0,000 
. .18400 . .5.4MS/1 0,000 
. .18400 . .5.2MS/1 5,000 
. .18400 . .5.2MS/1 5,000 
. .36700 . .8.5MS/7200 
. .36700 . 8.5MS/7200 
. .36700 . .5.4MS/1 0,000 
. .36700 . .5.2MS/1 0,000 
. .73400 . .4.9MS/1 0,000 
. .73400 . .4.9MS/1 0,000 
. .73400 . .4.9MS/1 0,000 
.181600 .7.4MS/7200 
.181600 .7.4MS/7200 



CACHE FORM/HT PRICE 
.2048K . . . .3.571'H . . .$187 
.2048K .... 3.571 "H... $179 
.4096K . . . .3.571 'H . . .$199 
.2048K . . . .3.571'H . . .$234 
.2048K . . . .3.571'H . . .$234 
.2048K .... 3.571 "H... $199 

.4096K 3.571'H . . .$237 

.4096K ....3.57FH ...$229 
4096K ....3.57FH ...$229 
.4096K ....3.57FH ...$334 
.4096K ....3.57FH ...$334 
.2048K . . . .3.571 "H . . .$359 
.2048K . . . .3.571 "H . . .$359 
.4096K ....3.57FH ...$427 
.16000K ...3.57FH ...$449 
.4096K . . . .3.57FH . . .$787 
.4096K ....3.57FH ...$787 
.16000K ...3.57FH ...$799 
.16000K . . .3.571'H . .$1479 
.16000K . . .3.571'H . .$1484 



REMOVABLES 



L'JASGA www.iomega.com 
IOZIP100IDE REMOVABLE DRIVE 
IOZIP250IDE REMOVABLE DRIVE 
IOZIP250USB REMOVABLE DRIVE 
I0SCSI2GBINT REMOVABLE DRIVE 
IOSCSI2GBEXT REMOVABLE DRIVE 



100MB INT ZIP 


IDE OEM 


$44 


250MB INT ZIP 


IDE OEM 


$67 


250MB EXT ZIP 


USB 


$164 


2GB INT JAZ 


SCSI 


$259 


2GBEXTJAZ 


SCSI 


$314 



SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR CARTRIDGE PRICES 



CD/C DRW/DVD 



TOSHIBA www.toshiba.com 








MODEL! SPEED/TRANS INTERFACE 


ACCESS 


CACHE 


PRICE 


TOSDM14020EM 12X-40XDVD 


ATAPI 


135/90MS 


256K 


$62 


TOSDM1502OEM 16X-48XDVD 


ATAPI 


115/95MS 


256K 


$59 


TOSDR1002KIT 4X4X4X24 


ATAPI 


140/105MS 256K 


$169 


TOSDR1102KIT 8X8X8X32 


ATAPI 


140/105MS 256K 


$179 


TOSDW2002KIT 6X-24XDVDRAMATAPI 


120MS 


8192K 


$429 


MITSUMI www.mitsumi.com 










MODEL! SPEED/TRANS INTERFACE 


ACCESS 


CACHE 


PRICE 


MIT48XIDE 48X/7200KB 


ATAPI 


85MS 


128K 


$33 


MIT4805OEM 8X/4X/32X 


ATAPI OEM 


135MS 


2048K 


$64 


MIT48080EM 16X/8X/40X 


ATAPI OEM 


135MS 


2048K 


$89 


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Every business says it wants and needs fast access. 
But what are the smartest choices for your company? 



In 1993, on 

the cusp of the Internet's explosion, technol- 
ogy prognosticator George Gilder predicted 
bandwidth would one day be virtually free. 
Eight years later, bandwidth still isn't free, 
but you now have more high-speed choices 
than just a pricey Tl line, including xDSL, 
cable, and fixed-wireless connections. 

Businesses of all sizes view broadband as 
"critical to business success in 2002," accord- 
ing to a Cahners In-Stat Group survey, with 
broadband defined as a connection of at least 
384kbps in each direction. Most broadband 
holdouts are in the SOHO category; only 14 
percent of these businesses have fast connec- 
tions. This compares with 56 percent of small 
businesses, 85 percent of middle-market com- 
panies, and 87 percent of large enterprises. 

Small businesses are the most aggressive 
in connecting telecommuters to company 
resources via broadband. In-Stat found that 
39 percent of small businesses tap telecom- 
muters in through broadband, compared 
with only 21 percent of middle-market com- 
panies and 1 1 percent of large enterprises. 

THE SELECTION PROCESS 

Three types of service provide the vast 
majority of business broadband: Tl, 



xDSL, and cable modem. Digital-satellite 
and fixed-wireless solutions trail substantial- 
ly, but fixed wireless could be ready for a 
surge. The always-on symmetrical 
1.544mbps Tl connection has been the 
favorite among larger companies, but with 
orders for Tls increasingly filled using high- 
bit-rate digital subscriber line (HDSL), the 
difference between Tl and xDSL is blurring. 

If you still rely on individual or shared 
dial-up connections, it's time for a produc- 
tivity boost. Moving users from a 56kbps 
dial-up connection to a Tl -class link saves 34 
hours per year per user, according to indus- 
try figures, and upgrading a 30-person office 
from dial-up to xDSL can save $100 to $500 
per month, depending on how many dedi- 
cated phone lines switching eliminates. 

In all broadband solutions except satel- 
lite, the quality and capacity of the connec- 
tion from your router to the local central 
telephone office (DSL), cable head (cable), 
or ISP (Tl) color what you'll experience. If 
your local link wasn't done right, you'll be 
either frustrated, off the Internet altogether, 
or worse, fired for showing such poor 
judgment in picking a provider. 

The best tools for starting your search 
are a spreadsheet and a silver tongue. Get a 
rundown on the options in your area; it's 



possible cable and DSL may not be available 
yet. Next, poll nearby companies about the 
services they use and their experiences. A 
recommendation from a local source is 
worth its weight in gold. If the company 
across the hall is happy with its link, and 
you choose the same provider, your experi- 
ence will likely be similarly positive because 
you'll connect to the same back end 
managed by the same tech people. 

But before you compile your shortlist of 
providers, ask yourself what your company 
needs from a broadband connection: 

• Will you host your own mail and Web 
servers? If so, how many static IPs will you 
need, and where will the domain name 
server (DNS) be handled? Running servers 
demands at least one static IP, and without a 
corresponding appropriate DNS entry, a 
server will be invisible to the Internet. 

• Will employees upload and download 
multimegabyte documents on a daily basis? 

• How many employees do you estimate 
will access the Internet at any given time? 
This will help you determine whether you 
need to set up a caching proxy server — 
generally a smart bet. 

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• What are your plans for VPN connec- 
tions, and will remote branch offices connect 
into your data center? Some ISPs offer VPN 
services; others can steer you to VPN "black 
boxes" to handle these chores. 

• Do you have any plans for videoconfer- 
encing or streaming? Smooth video stream- 
ing can require anywhere from 128kbps to 
384kbps, per the H.323 specification. 

• Who will install and maintain your fire- 
wall and demilitarized zone for servers 
hosted onsite? Security is not optional; 
attacks on broadband connections are 
more common than ever. 



You'll need answers to 
these questions and more, 
depending on your cir- 
cumstances, before you 
can make a defensible and 
comprehensive broadband 
decision. 



asymmetrical nature of cable may not suit 
your needs if you're uploading a lot of data. 

Cable-service installations are generally 
simpler and faster than DSL. They should 
be — the cable company handles everything 
itself. The time between order and install 
ranges from a few days to two weeks. You'll 
encounter virtually no hidden fees or local- 
loop charges, as you may with Tl or DSL. 

Isn't cable less secure than Tl or DSL? It 
depends on your definition of secure. Yes, a 
cable head transmits all downstream traffic 
to every cable modem it serves, but most 
cable providers now use DES encryption, 



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CABLE MODEMS 

able-modem service 

launched several 
years ago with a host of 
perceived strikes against 
it. Horror stories about 
cable-TV support were 
the staple of late-night 
comedians. And because 
of the "shared" nature of 
the connection, business- 
es discounted cable as a 
viable broadband option. 

By 2000, cable was 
starting to look better, 
thanks to the foibles of 
its newer rival DSL. DSL 
service resembled a com- 
edy of errors for its con- 
voluted installation 
process, which required 
seamless coordination between the local 
phone company, DSL provider, and underly- 
ing ISP. These difficulties, along with other 
factors, have driven scores of DSL providers 
into bankruptcy. 

Selecting cable is generally simpler than 
wading through the numerous xDSL offer- 
ings— iDSL, ADSL, SDSL, RADSL, to name 
a few. Because most cities are served by only 
one or two cable companies, a quick Web 
visit should reveal whether business-class 
broadband is available. 

In New York City, for instance, Time 
Warner's Road Runner service (www.twcnyc. 
com) offers four classes of business service, 
with downstream speeds of 2mbps to 4mbps, 
and upstream speeds of 384kbps to lmbps. 
Prices range from $99.95 to $799.95. This 




Internet connection is "shared" at one point 
or another. DSL companies have made a 
mountain out of what amounts to a molehill 
in harping on cable's hybrid fiber/ coax (HFC) 
shared architecture. (See www.nswc.navy.mil/ 
cosip/aug98/osa0898-l.shtml for a primer.) 
Unless your cable company has drastically 
oversold and overburdened the area the local 
node serves, your speeds are more likely to 
be affected by conditions on the Internet than 
by the guy next door downloading MP3s. 
In addition, conditions and cable companies 
vary in quality from city to city, so you should 
investigate how others in your ZIP code have 

fared. One of the best 
places to research this 
is DSLreports.com 
(www. dslreports. com) . 
The site, which covers 
both cable and DSL, 
compiles feedback 
from broadband users 
across the country. 

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per the DOCSIS cable-modem specification, 
to safeguard communications between cable 
modems and the connecting cable node. In 
practice, this means every cable modem is 
"seeing" the packets broadcast to other cable 
modems in the area. But the packets are 
encrypted, making the average connection 
no more or less secure than a Tl or DSL 
connection. With no firewall in place, if 
your PCs broadcast NetBIOS calls across a 
broadband router, it doesn't matter whether 
you're using cable, DSL, or carrier pigeons — 
you're asking for trouble. Almost any fire- 
wall lets you block outgoing transmissions of 
NetBIOS calls so no one outside can see 
your internal network arrangement. 

Finally, isn't cable's bandwidth shared 
among all users in the area? Sure, but every 



types are there? 
The question isn't an 
update of an ancient 
Chinese riddle, but it 
brings to mind the 
Chinese curse, "May 
you live in interesting 
times." When first 
unveiled, DSL 
seemed perfect. The 
technology runs over 
telephone wires, and 
virtually everyone 
within roughly 
15,000 feet of the 
phone company's 
local central office 
could tap into a fast 
DSL connection. 
Unfortunately, today's DSL reality is less 
rosy from a technical, business, and 
regulatory perspective. 

Except for the regional Bell operating 
companies (RBOCs), and companies tightly 
focused on regional DSL service, the big 
names in DSL are nearly all ruined or hurt- 
ing badly. California-based NorthPoint 
declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in early 
June after filing for Chapter 1 1 protection 
this past March, leaving hundreds of thou- 
sands of customers scrambling as its ser- 
vice abruptly shut down. Late last year, 
MegaPath purchased PhoenixDSL. While it 
kept the business customers, MegaPath 
shuffled consumer connections to Telocity, 
leaving many wondering for a time where 
their service was coming from. 



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Covad Communications, once the smil- 
ing poster child for DSL, suffered a mam- 
moth $1.44 billion loss in 2000 and cut off 
service to other DSL resellers that couldn't 
pay their bills. These companies, together 
with the bankruptcy filings of Flashcom 
Communications, Zyan Communications, 
Relay Point, and FastPoint Communica- 
tions, have left many wondering if DSL is a 
safe bet for business broadband. The answer 
is yes — with a few caveats. 

Your selection process should start with 
a review of a provider's fiscal health. By law, 
public companies must post detailed finan- 
cial reports at least every quarter. You can 
save yourself and your company a lot of 
aggravation by keeping an ongoing eye on 
a potential provider's fundamentals. Of 
course, you'll need to know which company 
is actually supplying the underlying DSL 
service, and that's not always readily appar- 
ent. For instance, you may sign up with a 
local ISP, which in turn obtains your DSL 
line from, say, Covad, which then 
uses your local telco's physical line. 

If none of this has scared you off 
yet, you can look forward to tremen- 
dous flexibility and a wide range of 
speed options from DSL, from the 
downright poky iDSL at 144kbps, 
essentially an ISDN replacement, up 
to Very High Speed DSL (VDSL), an 
evolving technology with blistering 
data rates from 13mbps to 52mbps 
downstream and 1.5mbps to 
2.3mbps upstream. 

You'll note we haven't mentioned pricing 
yet, with good reason. Cost should never be 
higher than fourth on the list of factors 
guiding your selection. Reliability, quality of 
technical support, and speed rank one, two, 
and three, in that order. Of course, every- 
one wants broadband that's fast, reliable, 
well-supported, and cheap, but you can't 
have all four at one time. It's the height of 
false economy to balk at spending a little 
more on a broadband connection if the 
additional cost provides top-notch support 
and reliability. 

Touching on reliability raises the contro- 
versial issue of service level agreements 
(SLAs). An SLA spells out the level of service 
you're entitled to and lists the penalties 
(remedies) you receive if service drops 
below that level. Some view SLAs as addi- 
tional insurance and leverage. Others believe 
they're not worth the paper they're printed 
on, and that selecting a top-notch provider 
and spending what's necessary for the level 
of service you need is a wiser course. 

Both arguments have merit, but if you're 



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counting on an SLA to save your 
business if a line goes down, for- 
get it. If you absolutely, positive- 
ly need to stay connected to the Internet, 
install a backup line through a different 
provider using a different path to the 
Internet backbone. Redundancy is the best 
insurance of all. 

For typical business use, SDSL is the 
most popular choice for its symmetric 
upstream and downstream data speeds, gen- 
erally available static IPs, and wide range of 
speeds. On average, a Tl -speed 1.5mbps 
SDSL line runs anywhere from $350 to $800 
a month, depending on the contract term, 
up-front installation costs, number of IPs 
requested, and other such items. A bump up 
to RADSL for, say, a 7mbps downstream and 
lmbps upstream line will cost anywhere 
from $500 to $900 a month. 

On top of these monthly charges, DSL 
comes with a variety of fees, such as installa- 
tion and early-cancellation charges. Some 



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providers offer free installation with a con- 
tract; without one you may pay $250 to $350. 
And don't forget the hardware router, which 
will cost anywhere from nothing to $400. 

You'll have plenty of time to digest the 
charges while you wait for installation. Any 
DSL install taking less than 30 days is consid- 
ered excellent. Don't be shy about staying on 
top of your provider for progress reports. 

DSL can deliver excellent bang for the 
business-broadband buck, but you need to 
do serious homework. If you keep your 
eyes open, you shouldn't encounter any 
nasty surprises. 

OUT OF ORBIT 

Satellite broadband is a poor choice 
for businesses, except those in areas 
untouched by cable, DSL, or Tl connec- 
tions. The latest generation of two-way 
satellite links, such as StarBand and Hughes' 
DirecWay, top out at 400kbps downstream 
with slower upstream speeds and barely clas- 
sify as broadband. But there is one wireless 
scheme that makes sense — fixed wireless. 



Fixed wireless comes in 
many forms, frequencies, 
and speeds. Multichannel 
Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) in 
the 2.5GHz spectrum can achieve 27mbps. 
Local Multipoint Distribution Service 
(LMDS) calls the 28GHz and 31GHz bands 
home and operates at roughly 38mbps. 
Other fixed-wireless services can hit speeds 
of up to 155mbps. (No, that's not a typo.) 
Today, however, fixed wireless is available in 
only a limited number of areas and at gen- 
erally lower speeds. Service from Sprint 
Broadband Direct (www.sprintbroadbandbiz. 
com), for instance, offers maximum down- 
loads of 5mbps, but usually hits 512kbps to 
1.5mbps, with upload speeds of 256kbps. 
Pricing is in the $150 range. 

In the unlicensed 2.4GHz and 5GHz 
bands, fixed wireless is poised for rapid 
inroads, according to a report by market- 
research firm Frost 8C Sullivan (www.frost. 
com). The firm predicts the market for 5GHz 
fixed-wireless equipment will 
jump from $10 million this year 
to $4.75 billion in 2005. 

Why the optimism? After 
all, several fixed-wireless 
providers recently crashed 
spectacularly, most notably 
Winstar Communications and 
Teligent, which both entered 
Chapter 1 1 early this year. 
Ironically, fixed-wireless compa- 
nies can thank DSL in part for 
the upsurge in interest. ISPs 
burned by DSL meltdowns hope turning to 
fixed-wireless solutions will let them cut 
out the costly and troublesome middlemen 
of local telecom and Bell companies. Cable 
companies, too, have engendered so much 
ill will in competitors that any opportunity 
to sidestep them is almost certain to garner 
substantial support. 

GOOD CONNECTIONS 

Right now, you should opt for the service 
that best suits your business needs. Every 
company's Internet connectivity require- 
ments are different, every locale's service 
options are different, and every company's 
employees are likely to use the Internet in 
different ways. What remains the same is the 
process you should follow in narrowing your 
choices. If you carefully weigh your list of 
requirements against the range of proposed 
solutions, read the fine print, and systemati- 
cally research the track histories, financial 
conditions, and support reputations of the 
companies on your shortlist, the selection 
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Patented voice prompts - easy to 
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Battery recharging circuitry built-in 

Free Windows utility for data upload, 
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TNT M64 32mb AGP $48.00 

GeForce2 MX 32mb $64.00 

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Allin112816mbAGP $109.00 

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Radeon All in 1 32MB $189.00 
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Xpert 98 8mb AGP $33.00 

Xpert 128 16mb AGP $49.00 
Xpert 2000 PRO 32mb $47.00 

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40.0GB 66/5400/512 $97.00 
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12/10/32 RWTEAC $149.00 
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Yamaha PCI 32bit $22.00 
Creative ISA 16bit $22.00 
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Creative Live Value $49.00 
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ALICE & BILL 




ILL'S BIRTHDAY COMES ONLY ONCE A YEAR, AND NOTHING PLEASES 
Alice more than the intervening interval. After a red-eye flight from California to the 
mudlands of Nujoisey, she stood on the veranda of the Basement of Doom and 
Pepsi-Cola (a difficult thing to do, if you think about it). She had the requisite gifts in her bag: 
a rear spoiler for Bill's pickup, and a K&N cleaning kit for the dual cone filters on his 
Corvette. (She had tried, unsuccessfully, to find a copy of Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.) 



There was only one problem: no Bill. 

After about two minutes of pacing, she 
noticed some nearby shrubbery was mov- 
ing — not sway-in-the-breeze-type move- 
ment, but a rhythmic up-and-down jump- 
ing, like the cone of a speaker. Now clued, 
Alice went to the spot, dropped to her 
knees, and, after carefully moving a woolly 
caterpillar aside, pressed her ear to the 
ground. Sure enough, it was an Ike and 
Tina Turner rendition of "Locomotion" 
playing at full volume. No wonder the 
plant life in this area looked so good. 

Alice whipped a concrete form-spike 
and a five-pound sledgehammer out of her 
bag and whacked the spike into the ground. 
Not 29 seconds later, Bill appeared on the 
veranda. As Alice walked over to give him 
his gifts, she muttered under her breath, "A 
doorbell would be easier.'' 

BITTEN By AN ASP 

About three years B.C. (that's "Before 
Crash"), Alice wrote a column about an 
emerging trend in software development 
called the application service provider. 
The ASP was an attempt to use the Internet 
and a Web browser in place of the traditional 
software disc in a shrink-wrapped box. 

Alice was intrigued by the idea because 
it meant small companies could compete 
with the big boys technologically by essen- 
tially renting large-scale packages online. 
Sales-force management tools, for example, 
are expensive to buy, implement, and main- 
tain. By signing up with an ASP such as 
Salesforce.com, a small business could give 



its salespeople access to a sophisticated 
suite of tools without having to install or 
configure anything locally. Because a Web 
browser is already on most computers, the 
employee merely logs on to the site and 
lets the software company do the rest. No 
IT muss or fuss, and the monthly fee makes 
paying for a costly package as simple as 
leasing a computer. 

On the consumer side, Alice also 
applauded the use of Web-based software 
when she gave the SportBrain her most 




Mondo Cool thumbs-up ever. Instead of 
installing software when she bought the 
innovative fitness gadget, Alice simply 
logged on to SportBrain's Web site, set up 
a username and password, and watched 
the service evolve over time without hav- 
ing to install new upgrades or patches. 



X 



This was the future, she thought, each 
time the SportBrain site added a new fea- 
ture. No more boxes, lost software discs, or 
outdated versions choking her book- 
shelves. Everything online was fresh and 
free to evolve faster than the embarrassing 
0.5 revision system of boxed software. 

But that was three years B.C. At the 
time of this writing, SportBrain announced 
it expected to cease all operations unless it 
could find a buyer. Alice was so distraught, 
she held back the overdue "Hard Edge" an 
extra weekend (much to her editor Nancy's 
dismay) in hopes SportBrain would find 
last-minute funding and stay alive. 

To mangle a famous analogy, watching 
an Internet company go under in San 
Francisco is like waiting for the bus: There's 
always another one in 10 minutes. (Webvan 
collapsed as Alice was awaiting word on 
SportBrain.) But the SportBrain incident 
crystallized for Alice just how deadly the 
ASP model was and is. 

For more than seven months, Alice had 
been faithfully uploading her fitness informa- 
tion to her SportBrain account. Tons of stats 
now reside there: what she weighed three 
months ago, how many miles she averaged 
each day, her peak hours of activity, and so 
forth. Thanks to the ASP model, when the 
plug is pulled, all that data that was so impor- 
tant to Alice simply vanishes. All she had was 
a link that let her download her daily step 
total to an Excel spreadsheet. She could chart 
her progress, and see what days were her 
peaks and so forth, but it was a far cry from 
the depth of data captured on the site. 

Worst of all, the $99 SportBrain device 
itself instantly becomes a useless piece of 
plastic. The clueless device will still capture 
data, but with no home to phone into, the 
information will quickly overload its mem- 
ory bank until all it will do is flash a sad yel- 
low warning light. It's perhaps the first case 
of brain death in the nonhuman world. 

Alice learned the painful lesson that hav- 
ing a local copy of software is critical. Even 
if her SportBrain had a crude desktop ver- 
sion that never evolved after its first release, 
Alice would still have a working gadget and 
her data. The ASP model made everything 
obsolete in the blink of an eye. 

So consider this a "Hard Edge" warn- 
ing, especially if you're a small business 
with crucial data locked up with an ASP. 
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different computer. But only being able to 
tap into your data over the Web while it 
sits in the care of someone else is simply 
too risky. Maybe an IBM or Oracle can 
offer dependable ASP service, but it's 
unlikely the price will make that model 
any more attractive than doing it the 
old-fashioned way. 

Of course, to Bill, the lesson was that 
exercise and fitness were and still are 
ridiculous, ASP or no ASP! 

SEE DVD RAM 

By all accounts, this is the year of the DVD- 
RAM drive. All right, two years ago was 
supposed to be the year of the DVD-RAM 
drive. (Bill knows. He's still waiting for an 
evaluation unit from Sony.) But this year 
really is. The second generation of DVD- 



was sent to Pioneer for repair, came back, 
and broke again two months later. So it sits.) 
The DMR-E320 is expensive: $1,500 sug- 
gested retail. Bill's broken LD player cost 
him $900 at The Wiz, and that was five 
years ago. If you figure the difference 
between retail and actual street pricing, the 
DMR-E320 will probably leave the shelf for 
around $1,200. That's not cheap, but com- 
pared to Bill's LD player (and the thing is 
just a player), it's reasonably priced. And 
with the contents of roughly five big, bulky 
laserdiscs fitting on one DVD-RAM disc, it 
should prove interesting. 

FOR THE BIRDS 

As it is Bill's birthday, Alice is allowing him to 
relate a noncomputer story (like she doesn't 
always). According to Bill, a WABC radio 



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Why are manufacturers charging 
more for DVDs than tapes when 
making DVDs is inherently less 
expensive? Because they can. 



arrived. By this 

time next month 

you should be 

reading Bill's 

first impressions 

of a Panasonic 

drive. The folk 

at Panasonic were very receptive to the idea 

(obviously they don't know Bill), and a 

drive should be arriving at the Basement of 

Doom and Pepsi-Cola at some point in the 

next three to five weeks. 

So what's the big deal about DVD- 
RAM? Well, for anything else it may or may 
not be able to do, Bill was intrigued by 
these two lines in the press release: "In 
addition, the (Panasonic) DMR-E20 allows 
consumers to transfer their favorite VHS- 
tape recordings to the space-saving and 
higher-quality discs. Users can record up to 
12 hours of video on the new, two-sided, 
9.4GB DVD-RAM discs." 

For those of you who don't know Bill — 
and who really does? — he has hundreds, 
possibly thousands, of hours of videotape 
encoded with some pretty obscure TV 
shows, such as Stingray. More important, he 
has about 150 laserdiscs. Remember those? 
LDs were the hot thing a few years ago, but 
they're also big and heavy when piled up. 
Also, you had to turn the disc over to see 
the rest of the movie. (Two of Bill's LD 
players do that automatically.) 

LD technology has been replaced by 
DVD, and the further along that goes, the 
less chance anyone will actually remember 
how to repair an LD player. One of Bill's has 
been broken for four years while he's sought 
a local Pioneer repair facility that has any idea 
what to do with it. (It worked for six months, 



news story reported a woman in Norway 
found an injured goshawk on the side of the 
road. She took it home, and, over a period of 
months, nursed it back to health until it 
could fly again. At that point, the police 
stepped in, arrested the woman for harbor- 
ing a wild animal, and put the bird to sleep. 
(That's "killed it" for those of you in Davis, 
Calif.) Bill offered no additional commentary. 

SO HOW COME... 

Bill ordered a beta copy of Windows XP 
online. Filled out the forms and everything. 
So how come he never got one? Could it be 
because Microsoft recommends a 300MHz 
Pentium II processor and 128MB of RAM, 
and Bill would have laughed long and hard 
at such a short-sighted recommendation? 
Does Microsoft fear "The Hard Edge"? Or 
is it just that the Microsoft ordering soft- 
ware is about as talented as Windows is? 

SO HOW COME, PART 2 

Bill was looking around for a copy of 
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, something 
he wanted for his birthday (J know, I know, I 
tried to find one... — Alice), and noticed 
something strange. The movie is about $20 
on VHS and $25 on DVD. 

Why is that? The DVD medium is cheap- 
er than VHS tape. The recording process is 
faster for DVDs. DVDs have fewer quality- 
control problems because they're more 



durable media than tape, so there are fewer 
returns. And that's just scratching the sur- 
face. So why are manufacturers charging 
more for DVDs than tape when its an 
inherently less expensive process? 

Short answer: Because they can. Any 
time you let an industry take advantage of 
you, bet every dollar you have remaining 
that it will. That's the nature of business. 
Counteracting that tactic means you'll need 
to yell and scream and make funny faces at 
the DVD providers when they attempt it. 
It's no different than gasoline or electricity 
or any other commodity. It's consumer 
demand that controls the price, and we 
need to demand lower prices on DVDs. 
Right now they're about as ridiculous as 
audio-CD prices, and we should take mea- 
sures before DVDs become as bad a habit. 

E VILLA IS NO THRILLA 

Recently, in "Hard Edge" time, Sony finally 
released its e Villa Internet appliance, moti- 
vated by Be's Bel A operating system, a 
Geode processor, and a Sony Trinitron mon- 
itor. Sony stocked it with RealNetworks' 
RealPlayer software, as well as support for 
Java and Macromedia Flash, e Villa even lets 
you read and send e-mail with Microsoft 
Office attachments. 

Bill thought a moment (primarily about 
3Com's Ergo Audrey), tried to make a 
grilled Swiss-cheese sandwich with it, 
failed, and declared if it couldn't keep a 
Pepsi cold, make ice, do the laundry, wash 
dishes, or even grill some bread, then the 
e Villa was a failure as an appliance. You 
can look for reviews of the e Villa some- 
where (Bill didn't do one), but odds are 
pretty good it's come and gone by now. 

DON'T FORGET TO WRITE 

Alice and Bill look forward to your lengthy 
e-mails of carefully constructed comments. 
Okay, they also love a good rant and 
shameless praise. Why not send Bill a birth- 
day card and drop Alice a line, and make 
October the best month ever for the "Hard 
Edge" mailbag? Next month, Alice and Bill 
will open the old mailbag and actually pub- 
lish some good comments, so get writing. 

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computers all over the world. But in their excitement, 
many people forget that access is a two-way street. While 
you're browsing the Internet, others on the Internet may be 
browsing you. 

Because so much communications activity goes on behind the 
scenes, many people are simply unaware of the wide range of 
potential security issues. Malicious third parties may try to eaves- 
drop on your e-mail or intercept credit-card numbers you transmit 
to commerce sites. They may try to retrieve financial data and pass- 
words from your hard drive, either directly or by planting a Trojan- 
horse program on your computer that opens it to outside control. 
Intruders may try to crack your passwords so they can log on to 
Web sites with your identity. And virus programs can enter your PC 
through downloads or e-mail attachments. At their worst, they can 
damage your system or enable its use by third parties who steal 
your Internet identity to cover their own actions. 

In addition to outright security concerns, there are privacy issues 
to consider. Outsiders may be able to find out what Web sites you 
visit or what purchases you make online, or snoop other informa- 
tion you'd just as soon keep confidential. And all this can go on 



without any indication it's happening. 

The good news is you can take a number of simple precautions 
to lessen Internet risks dramatically — like removing the keys and 
locking the doors when you leave your car. This step-by-step guide 
will show you some things you can do to keep intruders out and 
your confidential information to yourself. 

Most of the steps deal with technical issues such as software set- 
tings and fixes, but don't forget your mother's admonition against 
talking to strangers: Certainly don't open e-mail attachments from 
senders you don't know, or even those you do, unless you're expect- 
ing the attachment from that person. Most successful viruses propa- 
gate by automatically sending themselves to people listed in the 
address book of the infected system. And never send your password 
to a site in response to an e-mail request for it. No reputable site 
would request your password via e-mail. 

DKeep your virus- protection software up to date, installing 
antivirus software is no longer optional. Once you've installed 
it, keep it current. Virus protection is a back-and-forth struggle, with 
virus creators constantly ushering new viruses into the world and 
antivirus software vendors adding the ability to recognize and block 
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base of virus definitions. 

Tip: Norton Antivirus and McAfee VirusScan make it easy to update 
virus definitions. The Norton Antivirus LiveUpdate feature, for 
instance, automatically downloads new definitions when it detects 
they're available. 



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your browser and e-mail software is just as important as keeping 
your virus-protection software current. If you're using the original 
browser and e-mail software that came with your PC and haven't 
added security updates, you're probably vulnerable to security 
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make it easy to order their browsers on CD for a nominal shipping fee 
Once you have the latest browser version, it's important to keep 
it current. This is particularly true for Internet Explorer, because 
hackers constantly challenge its defenses. Microsoft periodically 
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on its site at home.netscape.com/security (or select Help > Security 
from within the browser). 

Tip: If you use Internet Explorer, consider installing the Windows 
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browser with 128-bit encryption, do it now. It's unlikely your sys- 
tem will be the target of an attack that involves breaking your 
encryption, but stranger things have happened, and upgrading to 
128-bit security is easy and free. And some sites that support secure 
transactions require it. 

To check what level of encryption Netscape Navigator supports, 
refer to help.netscape.com/kb/consumer/19970621-7.html. For 
Internet Explorer, select Help > About Internet Explorer, and check 
the number of bits listed next to "Cipher Strength." 

To upgrade Internet Explorer to 128-bit encryption, go to www. 
microsoft.com/windows/ie/download/128hit/default.asp. Navigator 
users need to download the latest browser version, making sure 
encryption strength is 128 bits as you perform the download. 
Tip: A locked-padlock icon in the status bar at the bottom of the 
screen of both browsers indicates you're browsing a "secure" page 
that uses encryption to prevent interception of information as it 
travels from the Web site to you, and vice versa. If you don't see this 
icon when sending confidential data, you may not want to send it. 
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security settings of your browser and 
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can download from a Web site and run 
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to download these programs. Normally, 
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display or functionality of trusted sites, 
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mischief, such as snooping sensitive 
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on your computer to identify you and 
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you're connected on a regular basis or have an 
always-on connection such as a cable modem 
or DSL line, it's only a matter of time before 
somebody comes calling. Make sure when they 
do, your door is locked. 

Personal firewall software is the best way 



to keep out unwanted visitors. On an unpro- 
tected system, packets of information travel 
into and out of your computer without any 
scrutiny. Firewall software ensures only infor- 
mation you request comes in, and only infor- 
mation you explicitly send goes out. It can 
detect a blind request for response from an 
intruder ("Hello, is anybody there?") and 
ensure your system doesn't send any informa- 
tion in return. A good firewall also verifies that 
any information your computer sends comes 
from one of your own applications, and not a 
Trojan-horse program that's been planted on 
your system to give outsiders control. 



Two personal firewall programs that are 
both easy (just download and go) and free are 
Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm (www.zone/obs.com) 
and Tiny Software's Tiny Personal Firewall 
(www.tinysoftwore.com). ZoneAlarm provides 
automatic protection, with no confusing set- 
tings to worry about. If you want more sophis- 
ticated control, Tiny Personal Firewall lets you 
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Microsoft's next OS release, Windows XR 
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Tools > Internet Options > Security in Internet Explorer. If disabling 
all advanced features is too disruptive to your browsing, you can do it 
more selectively. Netscape lets you disable JavaScript only from mail or 
news messages, where it's less likely to have a legitimate function. 
Internet Explorer 5 lets you adjust security settings by site by adding 
addresses to the list of "trusted" or "restricted" sites. 

SBeef up your password Security. So many sites require login IDs 
and passwords that most people throw up their hands and use the 
same easy-to-remember (and easy-to-crack) password for every site. 
Particularly with sites involving financial activities such as banking, 
shopping, and stock transactions, it's important to be vigilant when it 
comes to passwords. 

To keep yourself away from 
the one-password solution, try 
one of the many capable pass- 
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or no cost. The freeware pro- 
gram Whisper 32 (www.ivory. 
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sites you've visited recently. The sites themselves also may track 
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For starters, even Internet Explorer users should enjoy Netscape's 
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security/basics. For a little more meat, the Gibson Research Web site 
(www.grc.com) has lots of security information written in a nontech- 
nical style. You'll also find Gibson's Shields Up security checker and a 
utility to fight "spyware." 

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(www. topclick. com/pc _resources.html) . 

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Dear Alfred: 

Microsoft Internet Explorer sometimes sends 
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Backspace key in search boxes and other 
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Collin Estell 

Although I can't offer any way to disable 
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Internet Explorer 5.0 had a bug in which 
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triggered the previous page to appear. This 
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You can find some other handy shortcut 
keys in the help index, under the listing for 
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key combination, for instance, takes you 
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I'VE GOT RHyTHM 

Dear Alfred: 

A constant metronomic sound is coming 
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IF YOU DON'T NEED THE EXTRA 
features PC makers offer in their systems, 
much less the blistering processing fire- 
power or graphics capabilities of their mid- 
range and high-end machines, even what we'd 
call a "budget" PC may be overkill for you. 
You could make do with a no-frills system 
that gets the job done at a rock-bottom price. 

That's what Perry Newton, a 5 3 -year-old 
IT professional from Rock Hill, S.C., was 
looking for in a system for his 82-year-old 
father-in-law, Mack Campbell, who currently 
uses a Packard Bell 386 for Web surfing, 
e-mail, and some word processing. Because 
Campbell doesn't see the need to spend any 
money for a new computer, the maximum 
price for the new system is the amount his 
two daughters are willing to shell out — $800. 

At first, Newton considered purchasing a 
co-worker's used 400MHz Celeron, but he 
didn't know how much to spend on such an 
outdated system. He also considered a refur- 
bished system, but he wanted to know his 
father-in-law could call the manufacturer if 
he ran into problems Newton couldn't solve. 

We went online to research new, refur- 
bished, and previously owned systems, and 
found a number of models that would suit 
Campbell's needs and his daughters' budget. 
First stop: the direct vendors' Web sites. 

At press time, Dell was 
running a special on its 
Dimension desktop sys- 
tems that offered a free 
upgrade from a standard 
CD-ROM drive to an 
8x/4x/32x CD-RW drive. 
We priced a bottom-rung 
800MHz Celeron-based Gateway Essential 800c 

Dimension L with a 20GB hard drive and 
128MB of RAM for a mere $729 plus ship- 
ping. You can upgrade the one-year onsite 
warranty to three years for $119. 

Like most direct vendors, Dell lets you 
purchase a system without a monitor. 
But the color had gone bad on Campbell's 
old Acer monitor, so we configured the 



systems with standard 1 5-inch monitors. 

Gateway offered a nearly identical pack- 
age in its Essential 800c system: an 800MHz 
Celeron CPU, a 20GB hard drive, 128MB of 
RAM, and a 48x CD-ROM drive. Instead of a 
free upgrade to CD-RW, which Campbell 
didn't need anyway, Gateway offered a free 
Epson Stylus C40UX printer with a USB 
cable. The total cost was $699 plus shipping. 
A three-year warranty costs $199. 

Gateway also offered a suitable remanu- 
factured system, a 700MHz Celeron-based 

► CHALLENGE 



USER PROFILE 



Perry Newton, 53, an IT pro from Rock Hill, 
S.C., in search of a system for Mack 
Campbell, his 82-year-old father-in-law. 



COMPUTING NEEDS 




A bare-bones desktop PC for basic word pro- 
cessing, simple graphics, e-mail, and Web 
browsing. With a budget ceiling of $800, our 
advisee doesn't need cutting-edge process- 
ing technology or premium features— just a 
solid, stable system with a good warranty. 

G7-700C with 64MB of RAM, a 10GB 
hard drive, and a 48x CD-ROM drive for 
$669 including shipping, but we weren't 
convinced the cost savings was worth the 
feature-set sacrifices. 

ABS Computer Technologies' 
low-cost Multimedia System 4 
featured an 800MHz Duron, 
64MB of RAM (we'd upgrade it to 
128MB for $20), a 20GB hard 
drive, a 52x CD-ROM, and an 
8MB ATI graphics card. 
(Competitive systems offered only 
integrated graphics.) Although the 
basic warranty was for three years, it was 
mail-in only. Campbell would have to pay for 
shipping if his system needed repairs. An 
onsite warranty cost $29 for one year and 
$129 for three years. Adding the RAM and 
the one-year onsite warranty brought the 
price to $748 plus shipping. 

We priced systems from some other 



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direct vendors, including Sony, Compaq, and 
HP, but their prices weren't competitive. 
Then we checked the auction sites, where 
incredible deals can be had if you're willing 
to accept the risk of getting fleeced. 

Auction sites aren't for the timid. You 
have to be flexible, knowledgeable, and ready 
to act at a moment's notice. Most computers 
we found ended up selling at above blue- 
book prices, but we did stumble across some 
winners: A loaded 800MHz Pentium Ill- 
based HP Pavilion 8700 with a 40GB hard 
drive, as well as CD-RW and DVD drives, 
sold on eBay for $689.95, shipping included. 
Although the system didn't come with a 
monitor, it wouldn't be hard finding one on 
eBay for less than $25. The lack of a thor- 
ough warranty or service policy wouldn't 
suit someone like Campbell, however. 

Then we found uBid. This repository of 
refurbished and new systems at rock-bottom 
prices is a bargain-hunter's online paradise. 
The steal of the day, an 800MHz Athlon- 
based Compaq Presario 7000 with 64MB of 
RAM, a 10GB hard drive, and a 40x CD- 
ROM drive, sold to the highest bidder for an 
impossible $380.59, shipping included. A 
nearly identical 900MHz model went less 
than an hour later for $450.59. Newton could 
upgrade to 128MB of RAM for less than $20 
at sites such as Memory4Less.com (www. 
memory4less.com) and Crucial Technology 
(www.crucial.com). Both systems were pro- 
tected by upgradable one-year factory 
warranties; neither included a monitor. 
If we were Newton, uBid would be 

SOLUTION 



THE ADVISOR'S CHOICE 



Several new systems came in just under the price ceiling 
without shipping, but the Gateway Essential 800c 
came in the lowest at $699 plus shipping. Still, Newton 
could surf up even better bargains on uBid or find the 
occasional diamond-in-the-rough eBay listing. The best 
overall bargain we spotted was a Compaq Presario P000 
at an unheard-of $380.59 on uBid. 




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our first stop, but he may feel more 
secure buying new from a PC vendor. In 
that case, we recommend the Gateway 
Essential 800c. If he's adventurous, he can 
save a lot by going the auction route. ▼ 

If you want help making a smart buying 
decision, e-mail the Buying Advisor at 
buying_advisor@zdnet.com. 



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COMPUTER SYSTEMS 203 

• Desktops 

Pentium 4, Pentium III, AMD Duron, AMD Athlon, 
Celeron, Bare Bones, Multiprocessor, Servers, 
Terminals/Workstations 

• PDAs/Palmtops/HPCs 

• Portables 

Pentium lll/ll, Pentium, AMD Athlon, AMD Duron, 
Celeron, Transmeta Crusoe 

PERIPHERALS 204 

• Digital Cameras/Camcorders 

• Input Devices 

Graphics Tablets, Keyboards/Keypads, Mice, 
Trackballs 

• Modems 

External Fax, Internal Fax, PC Card, Voice/Data, 
Wireless 

• Monitors 

19" & Larger, 17", 15" & Smaller, LCD Flat Panel 

• Office Equipment 

Multifunction Peripherals, Point-of-Sale, 
Misc. Office Equipment 

• Presentation Equipment 

• Printers 

Inkjet, Laser (Color), Laser (Monochrome), 
Portable, Print Servers/Sharing Units, Misc. Printers 

• Scanners 

Bar-Code, Desktop, Handheld 

• Speakers/Headphones 

• Storage Devices 

CD-ROM Drives, CD-Recordable/Rewritable Drives, 
Duplication Systems, DVD-ROM Drives, Floppy Disk 
Drives, LS-120, Hard Drives, Optical Storage, RAID 
Storage, Removable Storage, Tape Drives 

• Video Conferencing 

COMPONENTS 205 

• General Components 

Chassis/Cases, CPU Cooling Fans, CPUs, 
Memory Upgrades 

• Add-In Cards 

Controller Cards, Graphics/Accelerator Cards, 
Memory Cards, Sound Cards, Video Controllers & 
Equipment 

• Motherboards 

• PC Card Equipment • Misc. Components 



ACCESSORIES 

• Electrical Accessories 

Batteries, Uninterruptible Power Supplies 

• Disk Accessories • Notebook Accessories 

Notebook/Laptop Hard Drives, Portable CD-ROM 
Drives, Portable CD-Recordable Drives, Portable 
DVD-ROM Drives, Portable MP3 Music Players, 
Misc. Notebook Accessories 

• Printer Supplies 

Printer Expansion Memory, Misc. Printer Supplies 

• Storage Media • Misc. Accessories 

NETWORKING/COMM. EQUIP. 206 

SOFTWARE & CONTENT 206 

• Applications Software 

Accounting/Finance/Tax/Investment, 
Communications, Desktop Publishing, 
Education/Training, Fonts, Graphics, Integrated, 
Languages/Tools, Networking, OCR, PIMs, 
Point-of-Sale, Project Management, Utilities 

• Operating Systems/GUIs 

• Books/Catalogs/ Videos 



PRODUCT 
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We've compiled a complete listing of all the products 
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• Training/Business 

• Misc. Services 



206 



COMPUTER SYSTEMS 
Desktops 

Pentium 4 

ABS Computer Technologies 

• 13 

Adamant Computers • 157 
Atlas Micro • 44, 45 
Compaq Computer Corp • 220, 

223 

Cyber Power • 76, 77 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 98, 99, 110, 111, 142, 143 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32, 48, 49 
Gentech • 195 
Googlegear.com • 140 
Hewlett-Packard • 220, 223 
HP • 86, 87 

IBM Corporation • 60, 61 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Interpro Microsystems • 186 
Micro Pro* 80, 159 
United Micro* 125 

Pentium III 

ABS Computer Technologies 

• 13 

Acer America Corp •118,119 
Adamant Computers • 1 57 
Atlas Micro • 44, 45 
Compaq Computer Corp • 38, 
39 
Compaq Consumer Direct 

• C0V2-C0V4, 1 

Cybernet Manufacturing • 185 

Cyber Power • 76, 77 

Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 110, 111, 168, 170 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32, 48, 49 
Gentech • 195 
Hewlett-Packard •16,17,220, 

223 

HP • 86, 87, 91 
IBM Corporation • 60, 61 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Interpro Microsystems • 186 
Kay Computers • 191 
Micro Pro* 80, 159 
Motherboard Express • 201 

AMD Duron 

Adamant Computers • 157 
Atlas Micro •44,45, 123 
Compaq Computer Corp • 162, 
163,220,223 
Cyber Power • 76, 77, 139 
Gentech • 195 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Micro Pro •81,159 
Nutrend*133 
Sony Corp of America • 38, 39 



Systemax • 101 

AMD Athlon 

ABS Computer Technologies 

• 11 

Adamant Computers • 157 
Alienware* 124 
Atlas Micro •44,45, 123 
Compaq Computer Corp • 38, 

39,162,163,220,223 
Compaq Consumer Direct • 71 
Cyber Power • 76, 77, 139 
Gentech • 195 
Hewlett-Packard •162,163, 

220, 223 

iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
MicroPro* 81, 159 
Nutrend«133 
Systemax • 1 01 
United Micro* 125 
Wolop.com • 164 

Celeron 

Adamant Computers • 157 
Atlas Micro • 44, 45 
Compaq Consumer Direct 

• C0V2-C0V4 

Cybernet Manufacturing • 185 

Cyber Power • 76, 77 

Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 98, 99,110,111, 168,170 
E-Machines • 220, 223 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32, 48, 49 
Gentech* 195 
Googlegear.com • 140 
Hewlett-Packard • 38, 39, 220, 

223 

IBM Corporation • 60, 61 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Interpro Microsystems • 1 86 
Micro Pro •80, 159 

Bare Bones 

Adamant Computers • 1 57 
Interpro Microsystems • 186 
Thompson Computer 
Warehouse • 187 
United Micro* 125 

Multiprocessor 

Adamant Computers • 1 57 
Alienware • 124 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 
C0V8, 110, 111,168,170 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32 



Interpro Microsystems • 186 
Micro Pro • 80, 81 
Motherboard Express • 201 
United Micro* 125 

Servers 

Adamant Computers • 157 
Cobalt Networks • 38, 39 
Compaq Computer Corp • 38, 

39 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 110, 111,168, 170 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32 
Hewlett-Packard • 38, 39 
HP* 91 
IBM Corporation • 16,17,38, 

39, 60, 61 

Interpro Microsystems • 1 86 
Micro Pro • 80, 81 
Motherboard Express • 201 
Systemax • 101 

Terminals/Workstations 

Adamant Computers • 1 57 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 
C0V8, 110, 111 
IBM Corporation • 60, 61 
iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
Interpro Microsystems • 1 86 

• PDAs/Palmtops/ 
HPCs 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 131 

Casio • 220, 223 

Compaq Computer Corp • 162, 

163,220,223 
eBay • 4 
Franklin Electronic Publishers 

• 220, 223 
Handspring* 130,131,162, 

163 
Hewlett-Packard • 162, 163, 

220, 223 

iBUYPOWER • 72, 73 
NEC Technologies • 162, 163 
Palm* 130, 162, 163,220,223 
Sony Corp of America • 1 6, 1 7, 

162,163,220,223 

• Portables 

Pentium III 

Acer America Corp • 1 1 8, 1 1 9, 
162,163 



Acer Peripherals • 220, 223 
Compaq Computer Corp • 38, 

39,158,162,163 
Compaq Consumer Direct 
• C0V2-C0V4, 1 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5- 

C0V8, 6, 40, 41, 98, 99, 110, 

111,154,155,197 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32 
Hewlett-Packard •158,162, 

163,220,223 
HP* 89 
IBM Corporation • 38, 39, 57, 

58,59,158,162,163,220, 

223 

KDS USA • 220, 223 
Prostar Computer • 46, 47, 79 
Sager • 23, 27, 52, 53 
Sony Corp of America • 1 6, 

17,131,158,162,163,220, 

223 
Toshiba America • 15,131, 

158,162,163,220,223 
WinBook Computer Corp • 75 

Pentium II 

Compaq Computer Corp 
• 197 

Dell Computer Corp • 197 
IBM Corporation • 202 
NEC Computer Systems • 197 
Toshiba America • 197 

Pentium 

IBM Corporation* 197, 202 
NEC Technologies • 197 
Toshiba America • 197 
True Data Products • 197 

AMD Athlon 

Hewlett-Packard* 158 

AMD Duron 

Compaq Computer Corp • 1 58, 

220, 223 

Hewlett-Packard • 1 58 
Sony Corp of America • 1 58, 

162,163 

Celeron 

Acer America Corp • 118, 119, 

162,163 

Acer Peripherals • 220, 223 
Compaq Computer Corp • 1 31 , 

158,162,163,220,223 



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does not warrant the accuracy of information and is not responsible for any errors 
appearing in the Product Index. Note that advertisements or changes to ads received 
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Portables (continued) 

Compaq Consumer Direct 

• C0V2-C0V4 
Dell Computer Corp • C0V5-C0V8, 

40,41,98,99,110,111,154,155 
Gateway 2000 • 29, 32 
Hewlett-Packard •158,162,163, 

197 
IBM Corporation •57,58, 158, 

162,163 
Sager • 23, 27 
Sony Corp of America • 158, 162, 

163,220,223 
Toshiba America • 38, 39, 158, 

162,163,220,223 
WinBook Computer Corp • 75 

Transmeta Crusoe 

Sony Corp of America • 162, 163 



PERIPHERALS 



• Digital Cameras/ 
Camcorders 

Canon Computer Systems • 1 30, 

131,158,162,163 
Eastman Kodak Co • 130, 131, 

158,159,162,163,220,223 
Epson* 130,131 
Fuji •130, 131,158,220,223 
Hewlett-Packard • 220, 223 
Kingston Technology Corp • 220, 

223 

Minolta Corp •162,163 
Nikon • 130, 131, 158, 162, 163, 

220, 223 
Olympus Image Systems • 130, 

131,158,162,163,220,223 
Sony Corp of America • 130, 158, 

162,163 
Toshiba America • 1 30, 1 58 

• Input Devices 

Graphics Tablets 

Wacom Technology • 130, 220, 
223 

Keyboards/Keypads 

BTC (Behavior Tech Computer) 
•199 

Cherry Electrical Products • 153 
Focus Electronic Corp • 159 
Genovation • 153 
Logic Controls • 1 53 
Logitech • 220, 223 
Micro Pro • 1 59 
Microsoft Corp • 159, 187 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 187 
Thortek*199 

Mice 

BTC (Behavior Tech Computer) 
•199 

Logitech • 159, 220, 223 
MicroPro* 159 
Microsoft Corp • 159, 187, 199 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 187 
Thortek*199 

Trackballs 

Focus Electronic Corp • 1 59 



• Modems 

External Fax 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 159, 
187,199 

Creative Labs • 1 99 
Intel Corp • 1 87 
Lucent Technologies • 187 
Phoebe* 159 
Rockwell • 187 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 

Internal Fax 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 159, 
162,163,174,175,224,225 
Creative Labs • 174, 175, 224, 225 
Motorola •162, 163 
Phoebe* 159 
Xircom • 162, 163 

PC Card 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 162, 163 
Motorola •162,163 
Phoebe* 159 
Xircom • 162, 163 

Voice/Data 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 159, 

174,175,199,224,225 
Creative Labs • 174,175,199, 

224, 225 
Phoebe* 159 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 

Wireless 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 162, 163 

• Monitors 

19" & Larger 

AOC International Ltd • 187 

Hitachi* 186 

KDSUSA*187 

Mitsubishi Electronics America • 186 

NEC Technologies • 186 

Relisys •174,175,224,225 

Samsung Electronics America 

• 220, 223 

Sony Corp of America • 186 
ViewSonic • 159, 174, 175, 186, 
199,224,225 

17" 

AOC International Ltd • 187 
Hitachi* 186 

KDS USA • 159, 187,220,223 
Mitsubishi Electronics America 

•186,220,223 
NEC Technologies • 16,17,186, 

220, 223 

Relisys •174,175,224,225 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 220, 223 

Sony Corp of America • 1 86 
ViewSonic • 174, 175, 186, 199, 
220, 223, 224, 225 

15" & Smaller 

AOC International Ltd • 187 
KDS USA •159,220, 223 
Mitsubishi Electronics America 

• 220, 223 



PRODUCT 
INDEX 



NEC Technologies • 220, 223 
NurolCorp* 180 
Relisys •174,175,224,225 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 220, 223 

ViewSonic •174,175,224,225 

LCD Flat Panel 

KDS USA -159, 187, 195 
Mitsubishi Electronics America 

• 220, 223 

NEC Technologies • 220, 223 
NurolCorp* 180 
Relisys •174,175,224,225 
Samsung Electronics America • 18 
Sony Corp of America • 220, 223 
SYS Technology* 38, 39 
ViewSonic* 117, 174, 175, 199, 
207, 209, 220, 223, 224, 225 

• Office Equipment 

Multifunction Peripherals 

HP* 89 

Point-of-Sale 

American Microsystems • 153, 181 
APG Cash Drawer • 153 
Axiohm Cognitive Solutions • 180, 

183 

Citizen America Corp • 1 80 
Cougar Mountain Software • 3 
Crichlow Data Sciences • 183 
Eltron International • 180, 183 
Epson* 180,183 
IBM Corporation • 183 
IBS •180, 183 

Indiana Cash Drawer Co • 153, 183 
Ithaca Peripherals • 1 80 
Logic Controls • 1 53 
Mag-Tek*153 
Metrologic Instruments • 180 
MMF Cash Drawer Co • 153, 180, 

183 

NJCR Technologies • 153 
Nurol Corp* 180 
PC America* 153 
Percon* 180,183 
Point of Sale Solutions • 183 
PSC*180 
Samsung Electronics America 

•180 

StV Micronics America • 180, 183 
Symbol Technologies • 180 
Unitech Systems • 1 53 
Worth Data •182 
Zebra Technologies • 180 

Misc. Office Equipment 

NurolCorp* 180 

• Presentation 
Equipment 

Adtech* 184 

AV Marketplace • 184 

Delta Products Corp • 184 

Hitachi* 184 

lnFocus*16, 17, 184,220,223 

NEC Technologies • 220, 223 

Panasonic • 184 



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PLUS Corp* 184 

Sharp Electronics Corp • 220, 223 

Toshiba America • 220, 223 

• Prtatecs 

InkJet 

Brother International Corp • 162, 

163 
Canon Computer Systems • 162, 

163,220,223 

Compaq Computer Corp • 162, 163 
Epson •131,162, 163,220,223 
Hewlett-Packard •131,162, 163, 

220, 223 
Lexmark International • 220, 223 

Laser (Color) 

Minolta Corp • 220, 223 
QMS • 220, 223 

Laser (Monochrome) 

Brother International Corp • 220, 

223 
Hewlett-Packard • 16, 17, 38, 39, 

131,220,223 
HP • 86, 87 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 220, 223 

Xerox Corp • 220, 223 

Portable 

Canon Computer Systems • 162, 
163 
Hewlett-Packard* 162, 163 

Print Servers/ 
Sharing Units 

D-Link Systems • 16,17 

Misc. Printers 

Axiohm Cognitive Solutions • 180, 
183 

Citizen America Corp • 153, 180 
Cognitive Solutions • 1 53 
Eastman Kodak Co • 220, 223 
Eltron International •180, 183 
Epson • 1 53, 1 80, 1 83 
Ithaca Peripherals • 153, 180, 183 
NurolCorp* 180 
PC America* 153 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 180 

Star Micronics America • 153, 180, 
183 

Worth Data* 182 
Zebra Technologies • 1 80 

• Scanners 

Bar-Code 

American Microsystems • 181 
Crichlow Data Sciences • 183 
Metrologic Instruments • 153, 180, 

183 

NJCR Technologies • 153 
NurolCorp* 180 
PC America* 153 
Percon • 1 53 

Point of Sale Solutions* 183 
PSC • 153, 180 
Symbol Technologies • 153, 180, 

183 
Unitech Systems • 183 



Worth Data* 182 

Desktop 

Canon Computer Systems • 220, 

223 

Epson •131,207, 209, 220, 223 
Fujitsu • 220, 223 
Hewlett-Packard • 207, 209, 220, 

223 

Microtek Lab • 220, 223 
Polaroid Corp • 220, 223 
Umax Technologies • 160, 161, 

220, 223 

Handheld 

American Microsystems • 181 

C-Pen (C Technologies) • 220, 223 

Nurol Corp* 180 

PC America* 153 

Point of Sale Solutions* 183 

WizCom Technologies • 130 

Worth Data* 182 

• Speakers/ 
Headphones 

Altec Lansing Corp • 1 59 
Creative Labs • 1 59 
KinyoCo«187 
LucasArts/(LucasFilm Games) 
•199 

TDK • 220, 223 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 
Thortek«199 

• Storage Devices 

CD-ROM Drives 

Acer Peripherals • 160, 161, 199, 
207, 209 

Addonics (Fora) • 1 99 
ASUS Computer International 

• 187,211 

BTC (Behavior Tech Computer) 

• 199 

Creative Labs •160,161,199, 

207, 209 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Lite-On • 199 
Mega Haus • 160, 161 
MicroPro* 159 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 1 59, 

160,161,174,175,187,207, 

209,224,225 
NEC Technologies • 159, 160, 161, 

207, 209 
Pioneer New Media Technologies 

•199 

Plextor •160,161, 199, 207, 209 
Sony Corp of America • 160, 161 , 

174,175,207,209,224,225 
TEAC America • 160, 161, 207, 

209 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 
Thortek«199 

Toshiba America • 159, 160, 161, 
174,175,199,207,209,224,225 

CD-Recordable/ 
Rewritable Drives 

Acer Peripherals • 160, 161, 199, 
207, 209 



Creative Labs • 199 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

Hewlett-Packard • 159, 160, 161, 

186,199,207,209 
Hugebee.com • 63 
Iomega Corp • 220, 223 
Lite-On • 199 
Maxtor Corp • 220, 223 
Mega Haus* 160, 161 
MicroSolutions • 207, 209 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 174, 

175,224,225 

Pacific Digital Products • 1 99 
Plextor • 14, 159, 160, 161, 174, 

175,186,199,207,209,210, 

220, 223, 224, 225 
QPS • 38, 39 
Sony Corp of America • 160, 161 , 

174,175,207,209,210,224,225 
TDK •160,161, 199, 207, 209, 

220, 223 
TEAC America* 160,161,186, 

187,199,207,209 
Toshiba America • 1 87 
Yamaha* 160, 161,174, 175, 186, 

187,199,207,209,210,220, 

223, 224, 225 

Duplication Systems 

Rimage Corporation • 207, 209 

DVD-ROM Drives 

Afreey • 187, 211 

BTC (Behavior Tech Computer) 

•199 
Creative Labs • 160, 161,199, 

207, 209 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Hitachi • 207, 209 
Mega Haus* 160,161 
Micro Pro • 1 59 
Pioneer New Media Technologies 

•159,160,161,195,199,207, 

209 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 187 
Toshiba America • 159, 160, 161, 

174,175,187,199,207,209, 

224, 225 

Floppy Disk Drives 

Mega Haus* 160,161 
Mitsumi Electronics Corp • 1 59, 
187,199 

Sony Corp of America • 199 
TEAC America* 159 

LS-120 

Imation • 160, 161, 199 

Hard Drives 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Fujitsu •160,161,201,207,209 
Hitachi • 207, 209 
Hugebee.com • 63 
IBM Corporation • 159, 160, 161, 

174,175,186,187,199,201, 

207,209,211,220,223,224,225 
Maxtor Corp* 160, 161,174, 175, 

186,187,199,201,207,209, 

211,224,225 
Mega Haus* 160,161 
MicroPro* 159 
MicroSolutions • 207, 209 



Quantum Corp* 160, 161,186, 

201,207,209 
Samsung Electronics America 

• 187 * 
Seagate Technology • 159, 160, 

161,174,175,186,187,199, 

201,207,209,211,224,225 
Western Digital Corp • 38, 39, 160, 

161,174,175,186,187,199, 

201,207,209,211,220,223, 

224, 225 

Optical Storage 

Maxoptix Corp • 207, 209 
Sony Corp of America • 207, 209 

RAID Storage 

Adaptec • 207, 209 
Mega Haus* 160, 161 

Removable Storage 

Castlewood Systems • 160, 161, 
207, 209 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209, 210 

Iomega Corp • 38, 39, 159, 160, 
161,162,163,174,175,187, 
199,207,209,220,223,224,225 

Mega Haus* 160,161 

Thortek*199 

Tape Drives 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Exabyte Corp* 160,161 
Hewlett-Packard • 207, 209 
Hewlett-Packard (Colorado) • 186 
Quantum Corp* 160,161,186, 

207, 209 
Seagate Technology • 159, 160, 

161,186,207,209 
Sony Corp of America • 207, 209 
Tandberg Data • 207, 209 

• Video Conferencing 

Creative Labs • 159 
Phoebe* 159 



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• General Components 

Chassis/Cases 

Antec • 201 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

Enlight Corp* 187, 201 

Hugebee.com • 63 

In Win Development • 159, 199, 

201 

Mega Haus* 160, 161 
MicroPro* 159 
Motherboard Express • 201 
Super Micro* 159,201 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 
Thortek* 199 

CPU Cooling Fans 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

CPUs 

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) 
•159,174,175,186,187,199, 
201,211,224,225 



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Cyrix* 186 
Hugebee.com • 63 
Intel Corp • 159, 174, 175, 186, 
187,201,202,211,224,225 

Memory Upgrades 

Compaq Computer Corp • 202 
Corsair Microsystems • 201, 211, 
224, 225 
Crucial Technology (div of Micron) 

• 8, 9, 204 
Hugebee.com • 63 
IBM Corporation • 202 
Kahlon • 202 

Kingston Technology Corp • 33, 
183 

Memory Man • 21 1 
Micro Pro • 1 59 
PC Progress • 224, 225 
Seagate Technology • 220, 223 
Simple Technology • 16, 17 
Spartan Technologies • 1 74, 1 75 
Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 
Thortek»199 

Viking Components (VCI) • 201 

• Add-In Cards 

Controller Cards 

Adaptec • 174, 175, 199, 207, 209, 

224, 225 
Arco Computer Products • 207, 

209 

Belkin Components • 1 99 
D-Link Systems • 199 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Maxtor Corp* 199 
Promise Technology • 174, 175, 

199,207,209,224,225 
Tekram • 207, 209 

Graphics/Accelerator Cards 

3Dlabs • 186 

ABIT Computer Corp • 174, 175, 

224, 225 
ASUS Computer International 

•174,175,186,187,195,201, 

224, 225 
ATI Technologies • 83, 159, 160, 

161,174,175,186,187,199, 

201,211,220,223,224,225 
Canopus Corp • 1 30 
Creative Labs • 201 
ELSA* 186,199,211 
Guillemot • 21 1 
Hercules Computer Technology 

•159,199 
Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd 

• 174,175,186,187,201,211, 
224, 225 

Nvidia Corp • 165 

Sigma Designs • 207, 209 

SIS • 159, 187 

Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 

VisionTek •159,199,220,223 

Memory Cards 

AST Research • 202 
Compaq Computer Corp • 202 



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CTX International • 202 
Dell Computer Corp • 202 
Gateway 2000 • 202 
Hewlett-Packard • 202 
IBM Corporation • 202 
Kahlon • 202 

Marine Park Computers • 162, 
163 

Memory Man • 21 1 
Simple Technology • 16, 17 
Toshiba America • 202 

Sound Cards 

Creative Labs • 159, 174, 175, 
187,207,209,211,224,225 

Hercules Computer Technology 
•159 

Thompson Computer Warehouse 
•187 

Yamaha* 187 

Video Controllers 
& Equipment 

ADS Technologies • 130 

ATI Technologies • 159, 160, 161, 

174,175,186,187,199,220, 

223, 224, 225 
Dazzle Multimedia • 130 
MegaHaus* 160, 161 
Pinnacle Systems • 160, 161 
Sigma Designs • 160,161,207, 

209 
Wavelink Media • 207, 209 

• Motherboards 

ABIT Computer Corp • 159,174, 

175,186,211,224,225 
ASUS Computer International 

•157,159,174,175,186,187, 

199,201,211,224,225 
Biostar • 187 
ECS* 157, 159 
FIC (First Int'l Computer) • 159 
Giga-Byte • 157,174,175,186, 

201,224,225 
Intel Corp • 157, 159, 174, 175, 

186,187,201,224,225 
Iwill (Quicktech) • 159, 186 
Microstar Laboratories • 1 87 
MSI •174,175,211,224,225 
Soyo Computer • 1 57 
Super Micro* 159,186,201 
Transcend Information • 21 1 
Tyan Computer Corp • 159, 186, 

199,201 

• PC Card Equipment 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 162, 

163 

Addonics (Fora) • 162,163 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Kahlon • 202 
Linksys • 220, 223 
Marine Park Computers • 162, 

163 

MegaHaus* 160,161 
Xircom* 162,163 

• Miscellaneous 
Components 

American Microsystems • 181 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
eBay • 4 



IBM Corporation • 202 
Kahlon • 202 
MegaHaus* 160,161 
SonicWALL*16, 17 
Thortek • 199 
Wolop.com • 164 



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• Electrical 
Accessories 

Batteries 

Compaq Computer Corp • 202 

IBM Corporation • 202 

Kahlon • 202 

Marine Park Computers • 162, 163 

Toshiba America • 202 

Uninterruptible Power 
Supplies 

American Power Conversion Corp 
• 38, 39 

• Disk Accessories 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

• Notebook/ 
Portable Accessories 

Notebook/ 
Laptop Hard Drives 

AST Research • 202 

Compaq Computer Corp • 202 

Dell Computer Corp • 202 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

Gateway 2000 • 202 

Hitachi • 207, 209 

IBM Corporation • 174, 175, 199, 

202, 207, 209, 224, 225 
Kahlon • 202 

Marine Park Computers • 162, 163 
NEC Technologies • 202 
Texas Instruments (Acer) • 202 
Toshiba America • 174, 175, 199, 

202, 207, 209, 224, 225 

Portable CD-ROM Drives 

Kahlon • 202 
MicroSolutions • 162, 163 
Rio Digital Audio • 220, 223 

Portable CD-Recordable 
Drives 

Archos* 162,163 
Hewlett-Packard* 162,163 
Iomega Corp* 162,163 
MicroSolutions* 162,163 
Sony Corp of America • 162, 163 

Portable DVD-ROM Drives 

Addonics (Fora) • 162,163 
eBay • 4 

Portable MP3 Music Players 

Archos* 130 

Misc. Notebook/ 
Portable Accessories 

Kahlon • 202 

Marine Park Computers • 162, 163 



• Printer Supplies 

Printer Expansion Memory 

Hewlett-Packard • 202 
IBM Corporation • 202 
Kahlon • 202 
Lexmark International • 202 

Misc. Printer Supplies 

Nurol Corp • 180 

• Storage Media 

CD-R (Recordable) Discs 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209, 210 
MegaHaus* 160,161 

Data Cartridges/Cassettes 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209, 210 
Exabyte Corp* 160, 161 
Fuji • 38, 39 

Hewlett-Packard • 207, 209 
Imation • 16, 17 
MegaHaus* 160,161 
Quantum Corp • 160, 161, 207, 

209 
Seagate Technology • 160, 161, 

207, 209 
Sony Corp of America • 207, 209 

DVD-R (Recordable) Discs 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 

Optical Disks 

Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Maxoptix Corp • 207, 209 
Sony Corp of America • 207, 209 

Zip Disks 

Iomega Corp • 159, 160, 161, 162, 
163,199,207,209 

• Miscellaneous 
Accessories 

ADS Technologies • 130 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Kingston Technology Corp • 220, 
223 

MegaHaus* 160,161 
Thortek* 199 



NETWORKING/ 

COMMUNICATIONS 

EQUIPMENT 

3Com Corp/US Robotics • 38, 39, 
159,160,161,162,163,174, 
175,187,199,207,209,220, 
223, 224, 225 

Bay Networks • 199, 220, 223 
Cisco Systems • 38, 39 
D-Link Systems • 159 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Edimax Technology Co • 224, 225 
Hewlett-Packard* 16,17 
Hugebee.com • 63 
Intel Corp • 159, 187 
Linksys • 38, 39, 220, 223 
Marine Park Computers • 162, 163 
MegaHaus* 160, 161 



Micro Pro • 1 59 

Phoebe* 159 

SMC (Standard Microsystems Corp) 

• 38, 39 

Thompson Computer Warehouse 

• 187 

WatchGuard Technologies • 220, 
223 
Xircom* 162,163 



SOFTWARE & CONTENT 

Applications Software 

Accounting/Finance/ 
Tax/Investment 

Cougar Mountain Software • 3 
Crichlow Data Sciences • 183 
Intuit •166,184 
Nurol Corp • 180 

Communications 

Symantec Corp • 166, 184 
Symantec Corp (Delrina Group) 
•166,184 

Desktop Publishing 

Adobe Systems • 16, 17, 38, 39, 
166,184,220,223 

Education/Training 

Harcourt Learning Direct • 69 

Fonts 

Nurol Corp • 180 
Worth Data* 182 

Graphics 

Adobe Systems • 166, 184, 220, 
223 

Corel Corp* 184,220,223 
Macromedia • 166 
Visio Corp • 220, 223 

Integrated 

Corel Corp •166,184 
Lotus Development Corp • 1 84 
Microsoft Corp • 38, 39, 166, 184, 
220, 223 

Languages/Tools 

Inprise Corp (Borland) • 166, 184 
Microsoft Corp • 166, 184 
Seagate Software • 220, 223 

Networking 

Microsoft Corp* 166, 184, 199, 
220, 223 
Seagate Software • 160, 161 

OCR 

Caere Corp • 220, 223 

PIMs 

Symantec Corp • 166,184 

Point-of-Sale 

American Microsystems • 181 
Cougar Mountain Software • 3 
Crichlow Data Sciences • 1 83 
DCRS Solutions • 183 
IBM Corporation • 183 



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Merchant Software Corp • 1 83 
Northwest Network Solutions • 1 80 
Nurol Corp* 180 
PC America • 153 
Point of Sale Solutions • 183 
Remsoft Technologies • 1 80 
Sales Management Systems • 180, 
183 

StrandWare* 183 
Worth Data* 182 

Project Management 

Microsoft Corp • 166,184 

Utilities 

Adaptec • 207, 209, 220, 223 
Dirt Cheap Drives • 207, 209 
Elektroson USA • 207, 209 
Seagate Software • 207, 209 
Symantec Corp • 38, 39, 166, 184, 
220, 223 

• Operating Systems/ 
GUIs 

Windows/ 

GUI Environments 

Microsoft Corp • 166, 184. 199 

• Books/Catalogs/ 
Videos 

PC Mall • 38, 39 



SERVICES 



• Training/Business 

Crichlow Data Sciences • 1 83 
PC America* 153 

• Miscellaneous 
Services 

Best Buy • 2 

Hugebee.com • 63 

Micro Exchange Corp • 1 79 



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250MB disks (ZIP250C) QTY 2-9/QTY 10+ 

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TR5 10-20Gig (STT220000A) $285 $35(TR5) 

SCSI Int. Ext. Extra Tapes 

TR4 4-8Gig (STT28000N) S249 $309 $25(TR4) 

SCSI RCVT Includes NT & Netware server software only. Features 
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$829 $50 (432187) 


30-60CB 


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$1189 $64(432188) 


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Externals 


$2119 $81(431891) 


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$929 $45 (431842) 


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$1001 $50(432187) 


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$249 $25 (TR4) 
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